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VIP Exhibition Tour of Harold Cohen: AARON with Christiane Paul, Curator of Digital Art.

As artificial intelligence tools for image creation enter the mainstream with text-to-image software, Harold Cohen: AARON examines the historical foundations of AI artmaking and provides a deep exploration of creativity, authorship, and collaboration in the context of AI.

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Feb 15, 2024, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA

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As artificial intelligence tools for image creation enter the mainstream with text-to-image software such as DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion, Harold Cohen: AARON examines the historical foundations of AI artmaking and provides a deep exploration of creativity, authorship, and collaboration in the context of AI.

This exhibition centers on AARON, the earliest artificial intelligence software for artmaking and one of the longest-running contemporary art projects. Conceived in the late 1960s by Harold Cohen at the University of California San Diego, AARON was further developed until his death in 2016. AARON’s various manifestations include software that drives plotter-printers and painting machines. The first and only museum to collect versions of the AARON software from different time periods, the Whitney will showcase artworks produced by AARON and highlight its printing/drawing process live in the galleries for the first time since the 1990s.

This exhibition is organized by Christiane Paul, Curator of Digital Art, with David Lisbon, Curatorial Assistant.

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