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Art, Cybernetics, and György Kepes

Artist and impresario György Kepes was a renaissance man and shapeshifter of modernism. A pioneer of new media art and heir of the Bauhaus, Kepes pushed modernist experimentalism into new realms. He incorporated science and technology as a means to rethink the avant-garde through cybernetics, both organic and mechanical. Prior to an almost thirty-year career as professor at MIT 1947-1974, he lived in North Texas, making lifelong connections here and leaving a trail of fascinating art and design projects.

Join us at the Nasher Sculpture Center for György Kepes’s Vision + Values Series and the Origins of Cybernetic Art 10 am – 12 pm Saturday October 13 for an open roundtable discussion about the man and his penchant for uniting disparate minds through curating, directing the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, and editing hybrid art-and-science books, such as the groundbreaking Vision + Values Series. I will be mediating this dialogue, which will unfold between six internationally renowned scholars of modern and contemporary art history. Audience participation is encouraged. We will discuss the life of Kepes, a second-generation Bauhaus figure, who spent a year in North Texas before embarking on his career at MIT. This event is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Edith O’Donnell Institute for Art History, and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

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