From the Archives: Art and Technology at LACMA, 1967–1971
The Art and Technology Program at LACMA—or A & T as it came to be known—was a forward-thinking initiative run by the museum from 1967 to 1971. The brainchild of curator Maurice Tuchman, A & T paired artists with corporations in the areas of aerospace, scientific research, and entertainment. Although some of the matches (such as James Turrell and Robert Irwin’s well-known collaboration with Garrett Corporation) did not result in completed artworks, other partnerships led to ambitious projects that were exhibited at the 1970 World Exposition in Osaka, Japan, and at LACMA in 1971.
Among the artists who realized work through A & T were Oyvind Fahlstrom, Newton Harrison, R. B. Kitaj, Rockne Krebs, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, Tony Smith, Andy Warhol, and Robert Whitman. This installation features photographs, correspondence, and ephemera documenting the original Art and Technology Program at LACMA.
Image: Artist Newton Harrison (right) and Jet Propulsion Laboratory technician Ray Goldstein examining a preliminary design for Harrison's Art & Technology installation of glow discharge tubes, 1969. Photo © Malcolm Lubliner
Long before I started working at LACMA, I was well familiar with the museum’s groundbreaking Art and Technology Program of 1967–1971. The Art and Technology Program—or A & T, as it came to be known—was an ambitious initiative that paired artists with corporations in the areas of aerospace, entertainment, scientific research, and other industries...