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Janet Echelman

Art of the City

January 25, 2016

Janet Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create artworks that have become focal points for civic life on four continents. Echelman’s art reshapes urban airspace with monumental, fluidly moving sculptures that respond to environmental forces such as wind, water and sunlight. Her work has been featured in a multitude of venues including the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, on the waterfront in Porto, Portugal, and in the San Francisco International Airport. She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harvard University Loeb Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship and the Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship. Echelman has been named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces” and received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.” Echelman’s TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has more than one million views and has been translated into 34 languages.

 

Monday, January 25th * 5:15-6:15 pm * Jesse Auditorium

Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase

Keynote Speaker Janet Echelman

“Art of the City”

Using unlikely materials such as fishing nets and atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create artworks that have become focal points for civic life on four continents. Echelman’s art reshapes urban airspace with monumental, fluidly moving sculptures that respond to environmental forces such as wind, water and sunlight. Giant sculptures are suspended between buildings, often times from public buildings over town squares and riverways.

Echelman’s artwork is both designed for specific locations and for traveling for multiple exhibitions. Her recent Boston installation “As If It Were Already Here” reflects upon the location’s transformation from harbor to 6-lane freeway to reclaimed pedestrian space. In contrast, her sculpture “1.26” has been suspended over public spaces in Denver, Sydney, Amsterdam, Singapore, Montreal, and Prague. Echelman collaborates with engineers, architects, landscape architects, computer scientists, and fabricators to bring her art to public spaces.

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