The GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is a bitmap moving image format. Since its introduction in 1987, it has become a medium of cultural and artistic expression, an established and pervasive moving image form defined in part by silence, brevity, shareability, and most importantly, the loop.
The GIF Elevator features newly commissioned GIFs by six artists, animators, and illustrators who represent some of the most important and influential GIF makers working today: Mr. Div (Matthew DiVito), Dain Fagerholm, Render Fruit (Clara Luzian), Lorna Mills, Paul Robertson, and Rafia Santana. These are a sample of the extraordinary breadth and diversity of the contemporary GIF. Each artist has created four original GIFs that will be presented as two-month installations on the walls and ceiling of the Museum’s elevator. While there, check out the Jim Henson Exhibit and its nearly 300 objects on view (including iconic puppets like Kermit, Miss Piggy and Big Bird).