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Kiesler’s Vision Machines


Thursday, May 30, 2024
6:30 – 8 pm EDT
Scheuer Auditorium

Salo W. Baron Program

Guest curator Mark Wasiuta speaks about the research behind the current exhibition Frederick Kiesler: Vision Machines (on view through July 28, 2024). Providing a concise yet rich examination of Frederick John Kiesler’s (1890-1965) experimental design practice through the activities of his Laboratory for Design Correlation at Columbia University from the late 1930s to the early 1940s, the show also explores two essential projects: the Mobile Home Library, a device proposed to radically alter domestic space, and the Vision Machine, an ambitious apparatus intended to visualize human sight—from optics and nerve stimuli to dream content and dream images.

Free with Museum Admission; Doors open at 6 pm

The Salo W. Baron Program has been endowed by the Trustees of the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation.

About the Speaker:

Mark Wasiuta is co-director of the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Wasiuta is recipient of recent grants from the Onassis Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, NYSCA, and the Graham Foundation, where he was an inaugural Graham Foundation Fellow. His research exhibition practice focuses on architecture’s media, politics, and environments through under-examined projects of the postwar period. 

His work has been exhibited widely, including at LAXArt, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Venice Architecture Biennale, MAXXI, the Graham Foundation, and the Onassis Foundation. He is co-author and co-editor of Rifat Chadirj: Building IndexDan Graham’s New Jersey, and author of numerous articles. His upcoming publications include The Archival Exhibition: A Decade of Research at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery and Information Fall-Out: Buckminster Fuller’s World Game.

Frederick Kiesler. Study for the development chart “Creation Mutation,” from the Correalism Manifesto, 1947-1950. Ballpen on paper. 10.8 x 13.9 (27.5 x 35.4 cm). © Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, Vienna.