Feb 26, 1999

Dia Center for the Arts is pleased to announce a new alliance with Stadium, an independent web site for artists' projects located at www.stadiumweb.com. Stadium has produced projects with artists David Askevold, Louise Lawler, Allan McCollum, John Simon, Lawrence Weiner and Maciej Wisniewski, among others.

Dia will "host" and promote Stadium, which will continue to produce projects independently, under the direction of it's co-founder, Ron Wakkary. "Stadium@Dia," as it will be called, will continue to be accessible via its current URL, www.stadiumweb.com, as well as via links from Dia's site at www.diacenter.org. Dia will continue its own series of artists' projects for the web, of which ten projects have been completed to date.

"Dia has fostered net-based artwork since 1994, when we began developing our first artists' projects for the web," said Dia's Director, Michael Govan. "We are happy to provide a home for Stadium which, along with Dia, was a pioneer in commissioning artists to make work directly for the web. Together, Dia and Stadium will have a significant and continually growing audience for these digital artworks."

Lynne Cooke, Dia's Curator, said "Stadium has an affinity to Dia in its approach to creating these projects - like Dia, it too has been committed to producing site-related projects from a wide range of artists, some of whom may not have otherwise worked in this medium."

Stadium's Director, Ron Wakkary, added "combined, the shared and different pursuits of Stadium and Dia in fostering net-based art practice will make an exciting partnership. Dia once again has shown that their defining nature is to be a forward-looking cultural institution by supporting a new entity like Stadium in this way."

Dia's series of artists' projects for the web has been funded by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the New York State Council on the Arts. Projects in this series include works by Arturo Herrera, Diller + Scofidio, Kristin Lucas, Claude Closky, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Cheryl Donegan, Molissa Fenley, Susan Hiller, Komar & Melamid, and a collaboration by Constance De Jong, Tony Oursler and Stephen Vitiello.

Dia Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt charitable organization. Established in 1974, the institution has become one of the largest in the United States dedicated to contemporary art and contemporary culture. In fulfilling this commitment, Dia sustains diverse programming in visual arts, poetry, arts education, and critical discourse and debate.

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Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, press@diaart.org or 212 293 5518

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