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New Museum Names Lauren Cornell Curator and Associate Director of Technology Initiatives


Lauren Cornell.


Lauren Cornell, the New Museum curator who co-organized its toothsome 2015 triennial, has been tapped for a newly created position there: Curator and Associate Director, Technology Initiatives. The job will have her contributing to “the New Museum’s curatorial program through exhibitions, symposia, and online commissions, and she will elevate the Museum’s profile as a historic leader in the art/digital realm,” according a news release from the museum. It puts her in a senior management role at the museum, working across departments to organize shows, performances, and other projects with a focus on its “digital platforms and content.”

“This new post is a critical one at a moment when culture is increasingly consumed through social media and the web and as the digital continues to revolutionize the world, our work, and art,” Lisa Phillips, the New Museum’s director, said in a statement released to press. “Lauren is in a unique position to take the conversation and the museum forward and has already made an enormous contribution to our preeminence in the field.”

Before being tapped to curate the 2015 triennial, “Surround Audience,” which she put together with the artist Ryan Trecartin, Cornell was executive director of Rhizome and adjunct curator at the New Museum, where she founded the closely watched Seven on Seven art-and-technology conference and organized shows and performances with artists including Xavier Cha, Shana Moulton, and Trevor Paglen.

She is also coeditor of a book, Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century, which MIT Press will release in October, and serves as a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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