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Re: Kinetic Art Course

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Thu, 5 Dec 1996 14:41:01 -0500

A week ago or so, Ruth Voyles posted a message asking
about kinetic art for a
course she is putting together. I posted a reply but didn't see
it on the
list, so I think I accidentally sent it to the wrong address. S0
--Here goes
another version.

At The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, we have two
kinetic works by George
Rickey, I encourage not only art classes but physics
students to study these
works, which are wind powered. Rickey had to invent some
new types of joints
to make them move properly, and wrote a wonderful article
on the subject (if
you study physics!) which appeared in Scientific American
in about 1993.

Last week we had over 200 physics students, working on
circular motion, at
TCM observing the Rickey sculptures (one of which had a
broken joint!!! -
there's always next year) and developing questions that the
work raised for

I like to say that George Rickey helps to make the wind

Another artist that is interesting, though I don't consider his
techinically kinetic (maybe passive kinetic art?), is James
Seawright - we
also have a piece by him consisting of 144 mirrors. The
movements made by
spectators cause beautiful and interesting results. Seawright
has also done
mirror works in other locations, including Logan Airport in
Boston, I

On another related subject, someone mentioned having
enjoyed Art and Physics,
by Leonard Shlain. I also loved the book and have used it in
the development
of museum - school activities of many types. Art and
science relate so well
in many ways. A couple of teachers at a local private school
and I are
working on art-science connections throughout the K-12
curriculum. The two
disciplines share especially the development of keen
observation skills.

But I digress - Ruth, good luck on the course; I would love to
see the
outline when you have developed it. And to the rest of you
art people out
there - don't forget to use your local art museums as
resources whenever
possible - TCM is the favorite visit for lots of Hawai'i

Louise King Lanzilotti
Curator of Education
The Contemporary Museum