Juan Downey, 'America is Back Together' (1972). Colored pencil, graphite, on Bainbridge board
Photo: Harry Shunk (courtesy of Marilys Belt Downey)
Two exhibits highlight SA+P’s artistic legacy
June 22, 2011
In addition to the School of Architecture and Planning’s two symposia, an opera premiere and more than 25 architectural installations situated around the campus, this spring’s Festival of Art, Science and Technology featured a pair of exhibits at the List Visual Arts Center exploring the work of two artists who were fellows at SA+P’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, a precursor to the current program in Art, Culture and Technology.
On display from Feb. 4 through April 3, The Culture Intercom exhibited work by media art pioneer Stan VanDerBeek (1927-1984), a research fellow at the center from 1969-1971. A central figure in American avant-garde cinema, VanDerBeek readily embraced computer graphics, image-processing systems and various new technological forms through the late 1960s and early 1970s.
A second solo exhibit, on display at the List from May 6 to July 10, features Chilean-born video artist Juan Downey (1940-1993), a research fellow at the center in 1973 and 1975. A pioneer of video art, Downey played a significant role in the New York art scene of the 1970s and 1980s.
See more about the exhibits here