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Bethlehem, Pa., January 8, 2013—Payne Gallery at Moravian College will hold its feature exhibit of the season when the show, “E.A.T. - Experiments in Art and Technology” featuring works by Warhol, Rauschenberg, and Whitman, runs from January 16 to February 28. An opening reception and gallery talk will be held on Thursday, January 16, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The public is welcome and admissions is free of charge.
“The Story of E.A.T.” is an exhibition documenting the activities of the foundation Experiments in Art and Technology, a non-profit organization founded in 1966 to promote collaborations between artists and engineers and provide the artist with access to the new technology that was developing at a rapid rate in those years.
Using large wall panels with photos and text, the exhibition traces the history of E.A.T. through engineer Billy Klüver’s early collaborations with artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and John Cage, through the 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, when ten artists collaborated with more than 30 engineers and scientists from Bell Laboratories to produce performances at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York, the founding of E.A.T. and its role in matching artists and engineers to work on artists’ projects; the design and construction of the Pepsi Pavilion at Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan, and later activities of E.A.T. both artists’ projects and Projects Outside Art in which artists participated in interdisciplinary projects in addressing social problems.
“The exhibition will also show posters, publications, and other material generated by E.A.T. projects and also a selection of works of art from that period by Jean Tinguely, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Whitman, and Robert Breer,” said Julie Martin, curator of E.A.T. “We will also show three successive states of Andy Warhol’s Mao print in the New York Collection for Stockholm Portfolio. In addition we hope to show a small installation of the Silver Clouds for the opening.”
Julie Martin has been an active figure in the New York art community since the 1960s. She collaborated with Whitman and other artists on the now legendary performance series 9 Evenings Theatre & Engineering. She joined the staff of E.A.T., founded 1966 by Rauschenberg, Whitman, Billy Klüver and fellow Bell Labs engineer Fred Waldhauer, as editor of the newsletter and continued to work closely with Klüver on the great variety of projects that E.A.T. carried out from 1966 to the present. She was co-editor with Klüver and Barbara Rose of Pavilion, the book that documented the work of artists, engineers, and scientists in the design and construction of the Pepsi Pavilion for Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan.
Most of her professional activities have been centered on E.A.T., and as Director, she continues to document the history of the organization, acting as executive producer of a series of films on artists’ performances at the 9 Evenings combining archival film footage with current interviews with artists and engineer participants. Finished films in the series have been screened widely, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, in Paris, ICC in Tokyo and Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid. She has worked on the reconstruction of works involving technology, most recently the fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya which was the set for Trisha Brown’s dance Opal Loop at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and Dia:Beacon. She is editing a book on the art and technology writings of Billy Klüver for the University of California Press.
The Payne Gallery has been a home for Moravian College’s outstanding permanent collection of fine art. It also been host to dozens of world-class exhibitions over the past 30 years. In 2001, the interior of the gallery was renovated to Smithsonian exhibition standards after the 1982 conversion from the former gymnasium to the Frank E. and Seba B. Payne Gallery. The gallery, named in honor of her parents, was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of Priscilla Payne Hurd.
Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College, in Historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Gallery is open 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The gallery is closed Mondays, major holidays and during school breaks. All openings for the opening night of the shows are from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free, and the Gallery is wheelchair accessible.
Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact David Leidich at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 610-653-5555 prior to the event.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s website at www.moravian.edu.