The Anne and Michael Spalter Digital Art Collection (Spalter Digital), Providence, RI, is one of the world's largest private collections of early computer art, comprising over 500 works from the second half of the twentieth century. Spalter Digital, which focuses on plotter drawings but includes other 2D media as well as sculpture and 16mm film, is home to major and iconic examples from key artists in the field.
Spalter Digital has loaned work to the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), the Daelim Museum (Seoul), and others.
Anne Spalter is a digital mixed media artist and academic who founded Brown’s and RISD’s digital fine arts programs in the 1990s. She is the author of The Computer in the Visual Arts (Addison-Wesley, 1999) and is on the board of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Michael Spalter is the chairman of the board of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a board member of the American Friends of the Louvre. He is on the advisory boards of Harvard University's cultural entrepreneurship program and the Nantucket Project. In 2017, Michael was tapped for the Whitney Museum of American Art's inaugural Digital Art Acquisition Committee.
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Works from the Anne and Michael Spalter Digital Art Collection have been on view as part of the following exhibitions:
Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
10 November 2017 - April 2018
Spalter Digital: works by Vera Molnár
Drawn from a Score
Beall Center for Art + Technology at the University of California, Irvine
7 October 2017 - 3 February 2018
Spalter Digital: works by Hiroshi Kawano and Ken Knowlton
Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice
19 October - 3 December 2017
Spalter Digital: works by Vera Molnár, Frieder Nake, and Roman Verostko