Please join the Department of the History of Art for a talk by, and discussion with, Dr. Michelle Kuo, The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. Dr. Kuo will be presenting material from her current book project, on Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.). This event is the first in a series of workshops with prominent curators sponsored by the Department of History of Art and coordinated by Professor Molly Warnock. The workshop will be held on Friday, October 26th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Gilman 177.
“Real and Virtual: The Pepsi Pavilion, 1970.”
In 1970, a group named Experiments in Art and Technology unveiled an utterly alien construction at the World’s Fair in Osaka. Rising from a thick mist, the Pepsi Pavilion was even more confounding inside, where a complete 180-degree spherical mirror dome—the largest ever built—produced fully three-dimensional reflections. This talk will explore the stunning convergence of transparency and opacity, the real and the virtual, in this singular postwar project.
Michelle Kuo is The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Kuo was the Editor-in-Chief of Artforum International, New York, from 2010—2017. In addition to authoring many essays and interviews for the magazine—featuring artists such as Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jack Whitten, Hassan Khan, and Anicka Yi—Kuo organized special issues on new media, identity politics, and painting. She has contributed to numerous journals, books, and museum exhibition catalogues, including: Seth Price, Stedelijk Museum, 2017; Robert Rauschenberg, The Museum of Modern Art and Tate Modern, 2016; and Sculpture After Sculpture, Moderna Museet, 2014. Kuo co-curated Le Corbusier and the Synthesis of the Arts at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 2004, and served as advisor to Experiments in Art and Technology, Salzburg Museum of Modern Art, 2015. Over the past decade, she has been a frequent lecturer at international museums and universities.