An archive of 46 items relating to Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), the New-York based group of artists who in the late-1960s sought to develop collaborations between artists and engineers to explore new technologies and approaches to creating art and performance.
The collection includes the poster and catalog for the famous "9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering" event (1966), the catalog and related ephemera for “Some More Beginnings” at the Brooklyn Museum in collaboration with MoMA (1968), E.A.T. original Artist / Scientist / Engineer Membership forms (ca. 1968), E.A.T. New York newsletters and announcements (1968-1970), regional chapter newsletters (1969-1970), press releases, business reply envelopes and other ephemera, LACMA Art & Technology material (1970-1971), the E.A.T. 2002 reunion program and invitation, plus many other documents and ephemera.
The group largely grew out of the 1966 performance "9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering" that was held at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. The event featured a combination of dance, avant-garde theatre and new technologies, with performances by John Cage, Öyvind Fahlström, Deborah Hay, Yvonne Rainer and Robert Rauschenberg, among others.
E.A.T. was formed by the engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer, and the artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman. Julie Martin joined as director in 1967. Their collaborations in the beginning included engineers from Bell Laboratories, and expanded to include other companies and engineer collaborators.
Numerous regional chapters of E.A.T. were established around the U.S., and this collection includes newsletters and ephemera from the Los Angeles, Bay Area, Portland and Seattle chapters, in addition to the New York chapter. The idea caught on: in 1968, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) started Art & Technology, a program that paired artists with engineers in Southern California companies such as Lockheed Martin, the RAND Corporation and Walt Disney. This collection includes the LACMA press release announcing that program, as well as other LACMA technology-related ephemera.
But things didn’t always go well with the artist-engineer collaborations – some artists objected to the military-defense industry ties that most technology corporations maintained, and other artists simply didn’t enjoy working within the corporate-engineer environment.
In 1970, the Pepsi Pavilion at the now-famed Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan included E.A.T. artists who collaborated with engineers to design and program a Buckminster Fuller-style immersive geodesic dome, which included a water vapor cloud sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Other artists at Expo ’70 included, among others, Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Tony Smith and Roy Lichtenstein.
E.A.T. has been said to bridge the gap between the avant-theatre happenings of the early 1960s to the media-art and video revolution of the latter 1970s. An important and extensive archive of primary material related to this groundbreaking movement in contemporary art. Additional shipping and insurance rates apply, please inquire. Item #1253.
Condition: Overall Very Good, normal edgewear, sunning and age toning to paper; some items folded.