[Nov 20] COLOR, LIGHT, MOTION EPISODE 7 with James Wines

David Bermant Foundation presents COLOR, LIGHT, MOTION EPISODE 7 with JAMES WINESEconomy of Means.
Date: November 20th 2021 at 12:00pm PST // 3:00pm EST.


COLOR, LIGHT, MOTION is an online series featuring media artists and scholars in dialogue about artworks from the Bermant Collection of media and kinetic arts. Each featured presenter will discuss selected artworks in history and context and in relation to their own work and connections. This series is produced in collaboration of the Art|Sci Center + Harvestworks NY + David Bermant Foundation.

BEST EST Indeterminate Façade Building – BEST Products Company
James Wines & SITE – Houston, Texas – 1975

James Wines is the founder and president of SITE, an environmental art and architecture organization chartered in New York City in 1970. He is the former Chairman of Environmental  Design at Parsons School of Design and a Professor of Architecture at Penn State University.  His architecture, landscape and public space projects are based on a site-specific response to surrounding contexts. Prof. Wines’ educational philosophy advocates ‘integrative thinking,’ as  a means of including multi-disciplinary ideas from outside the design profesions. He has  written seven books on art and design, including ON SITE-ON ENERGY – Scribners & Sons  1974, DE-ARCHITECTURE – Rizzoli International 1987 and GREEN ARCHITECTURE – Taschen Verlag 2000. He has designed more than one hundred and fifty buildings and  environmental art works for private and municipal clients in eleven countries. He is the  recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s 2013 National Design Award for Lifetime  Achievement, the ANCE Annual Award for an International Architect (Italy 2011) and the  Chrysler Award for Design Innovation (USA 1995). He is also the recipient of fellowships and  grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kress Foundation, American Academy in  Rome, Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Graham Foundation and Ford  Foundation. Prof. Wines continues to write, lecture and design projects, based on  environmental initiatives.
BEST Tilt Building – BEST Products Co. – James Wines & SITE – Towson, Maryland – 1977
Ghost Parking Lot – National Shopping Centers – James Wines & SITE
– Hamden, Connecticut – 1977

David Bermant Collection in its new home- The Butler Institute
Foundation director Bess Rochlitzer with Executive director of Butler Institute Dr. Louis Zona visited the Butler museum to see how the collection gifted to the museum was installed. She was very pleased with the new home for these historic works!

The David Bermant Foundation: Color, Light, Motion was established in 1986 with the mission to encourage and advocate experimental visual art which draws its form, content and working materials from late twentieth-century technology. The working materials include physical sources of energy, light, and sound. The resulting artworks question and extend the boundaries of the visual arts.  To learn more about The David Bermant Foundation and its collection, visit the foundation website DavidBermantFoundation.org.

The Lasso, Alejandro and Moira Sina, 1997
Thomas Wilfred- “Lumia”

Susan Hopmans feeling the NanoMandala projection on sand by Victoria Vesna at the Bermant foundation gallery.
Clavilux Junior, First Home Clavilux, Thomas Wilfred, 1930
The collection of 98 works valued at several million dollars includes pieces created by many of the pioneers of technologically based art such as Marcel Duchamp (above image), Nam June Paik, Jenny Holzer, Jean Tinguely, Pol Bury, George Rhoads, John Deandria, James Seawright, and dozens more.
David Bermant was one of the most admired collectors of avant-garde art in the United States. His collection of kinetic art includes works which employ both virtual motion as well as actual motion. Art which utilizes video, holography, magnetism, electronics, robotics, chemistry, and various types of light provide a look into the fourth dimension.

The late David Bermant was born in New York City and grew up in Manhattan. In January of 1941, six months after graduating cum laude from Yale University at age 21, he joined the U.S. Army. He ended his army career as a major of artillery in Patton’s Third Army, earning a bronze star with an oak leaf cluster for his actions. In 1947, he married Ruth Jesephson, and later divorced after 46 years. They had four children: Ann, Jeffrey, Wendy, and Andrew. David then married Susan Hopmans and established homes in Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez valley where he created and maintained facilities to house a large and significant art collection. 

David had two great interests: building shopping centers — on the East Coast and in California — and collecting art. Technological art was his favorite because it utilized modern science and technology and was more dynamic than other art that just hung on the wall Bermant felt that such art should be shared in public spaces other than museums and galleries. He established and funded the David W. Bermant Foundation: Color, Light, Motion to ensure the art form most dear to his heart would thrive beyond his lifetime.
Indestructible I, George Rhoads, 1970
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