This exhibit presents work by a group of loosely related artists from the 1960s and 1970s including Michael Kidner, Garo Antreasian, and Gordon House, who were interested in the ways in which systemic structures could be applied to the process of art-making. Highly analytical in nature, each of these artists was reacting against a traditional focus on the art object in efforts to make their art more responsive to the world around them.
Some of these artists, such as Michael Kidner, utilized early computers to devise programs of art-making to impose rigid structures upon the act and context of art-making. The resulting works often included grids, moiré patterns, and graph-like projections. This exhibition is pulled from the Museum’s permanent collection and includes work that has rarely been on view.