Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) solo show at Payne Gallery

Payne Gallery at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA.

Exhibition on view from January 16 – February 28, 2014.


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 Jan. 16 to Feb. 28. An opening reception and gallery talk will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The public is welcome and admission 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 nonprofit 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 10 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.”