Charles Csuri Act I: Artist as Interrupter

Charles Csuri: Art & Research in Three Acts Exhibition Poster with an image of Csuri.

Part 1 of the exhibition on view now!

The experimental work of Charles Csuri (1922–2022) undoubtedly shaped the world of computer art and prompted Smithsonian Magazine to dub him “the father of digital art and computer animation.” Csuri was the founder of the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University and co-founder of Cranston/Csuri Productions (CCP), giving rise to groundbreaking innovations in animation.

Charles Csuri: Art & Research in Three Acts will present a memorial exhibition at Hopkins Hall Gallery—hosted by Ohio State’s Urban Arts Space—that brings the public into an experience of Csuri’s life as both an artist and researcher. Highlights from the collection include previously unseen works from 1967–2022, the full version of the 1967 film Hummingbird as one of the earliest examples of computer animation, and Random War, which used a random number generator to underscore the indiscriminate impact of war. This exhibition is curated by Janice Glowski, Director of The Frank Museum of Art & Galleries at Otterbein University, who has curated Csuri’s work since 1999.

The project involves dozens of collaborators across disciplines at Ohio State and within the Columbus community and is generously funded by a grant for interdisciplinary collaborations in artificial intelligence in the arts, humanities, and engineering.

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