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Digital Capture

Southern California and the Pixel-Based Image World

California Museum of Photography and Culver Center of the Arts

September 21, 2024 to February 2, 2025

Digital Capture: Southern California and the Pixel-Based Image World is an ambitious exhibition spanning six decades (1962–2020s) that investigates the history and creative uses of digital imaging technology, from the genesis of digital imaging in Southern California research laboratories during the Cold War and Space Race of the 1960s, to the ubiquity of digital media in our contemporary world. The exhibition and accompanying digital publication narrate the ideological shifts that occurred as digital technologies were adopted for artistic ends. Conceptually organized into themes exploring issues of agency, representation, culpability, and connection, Digital Capture features over 40 artists working across several technological, computing, and imaging media.

Featured artists include: Rebecca Allen, Refik Anadol, micha cárdenas, Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos, Mobile Image, Lucia Grossberger-Morales, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Nam June Paik, A. Michael Noll, Andrew Norman Wilson, Trevor Paglen, Sheila Pinkel, among others.

Please join us on Saturday, October 12 for our Fall reception, celebrating Digital Capture. This event is free and open to the public.


Digital Capture: Southern California and the Pixel-Based Image World is co-curated by Nikolay Maslov and April Baca. Exhibition concept by Douglas McCulloh. January Parkos Arnall is curatorial advisor.

Digital Capture: Southern California and the Pixel-Based Image World is part of PST ART: Art & Science Collide, a Getty initiative and a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of the intersections between art and science in its global dimensions. PST ART is a region-wide collaboration with over 45 arts organizations across Southern California that will take place between August 2024 through February 2025, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and from Los Angeles to Palm Springs.

This exhibition is made possible with leading support from Getty through the PST ART: Art & Science Collide initiative. Programs at UCR ARTS are supported by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) at UCR, and the City of Riverside.

Image: micha cárdenas and the Critical Realities Studio, Sin Sol, screenshot of Augmented Reality app, 2020.