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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Otto Piene, German (Laasphe, Westphalia, Germany 1928 - 2014 Berlin, Germany)
Untitled (draft for SKY ART Conference with color transfer, left page); Untitled (draft for SKY ART Conference with bleed-through of following page, right page)
Other Titles
Title: Sketchbook: Light Sculptures/Geleucht/Siena “Red Horse”/Istanbul
Work Type
drawing, sketchbook page
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Physical Descriptions

Black pen and red marker on paper
open (approx.): 36.4 × 57.2 cm (14 5/16 × 22 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: left page, in black pen: 1994...Fellows and Research / Affiliates were residents of various durations at CAVS. / As Director, 1974-'94, I established / the Center's graduate program, initially / together with RIchard Leacock and / Nicholas Negroponte. The Center com- / munity of artists, scientists, architects / and students of various levels developed / programs and individual and / group projects - among them "Center- / beam" (documenta 6, 1977, Kassel, Germany, / and National Mall, D.C., 1978); / "Desert / Sun Desert Moon", 1986, and the SKY ART /Conference. / Since 1981 five international / SKY ART / Conferences have been held at a variety / of sites at MIT and abroad. Symposia, / publications, sky events and interactive / telecommunications have been features / of the extensive meetings - among / them "Icarus-A Sky Opera" (Earls, Piene, / Strasfogel), Tom Van Sant's light/space / events and various performances by / Charlotte Moorman (SKY KISS with O.P.) / and Nam June Paik. The SKY ART Manifesto 1986 was presented at the UNESCO / Conference on the Peaceful Use of Outer / Space in Paris, President, Yash Pal,
  • inscription: right page, in black pen: The Center has changes places and / spaces within MIT. After 1994 Directors have been / Paul Earls/Elizabeth GOldring (tempo- / rarily), Krzystog Wodiczko, Steve Benton / and again Wodiczko. New directions? / SKY ART has become a widely prac- / ticesd and obsered art form. The Co- / Director of all Conferences has been / Elizabeth Goldring, the Senior Con- / sultant Lowry Burgess, graphic de- / sign 2002 again by Bernd Kracke as / in 1981. Many thanks - also to Laura Knott / the 2002 coordinator / and to all participants / fo their commitment, sensi- / tivity, courage. / Last, not least: / Thanks to MIT and our / Greek hosts - / MORE SKY! / Otto Piene.


Recorded Ownership History
Elizabeth Goldring Piene, gift; to the Busch-Reisinger Museum, 2018.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Elizabeth Goldring Piene
© Otto Piene Estate
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Subjects and Contexts

  • Animating the Page

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