New York, Whitney Museum of American Art


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was a visionary American inventor, designer, environmentalist and humanitarian. Described as one of the greatest transdisciplinary, creative thinkers of the 20th century, his broad-based approach as a philosopher, forecaster, designer, poet, inventor and advocate of alternative energy was avant-garde. He sought to create comprehensive, anticipatory design solutions that would benefit the largest segment of humanity while consuming the fewest resources. This exhibition reveals how his prophetic concepts and attempts to close the gap between the sciences and the humanities, through believing in interconnectedness, have huge relevance today.

Fuller is probably best known as the originator of the geodesic dome, but his theories and innovations touched on fields ranging from mathematics, engineering and environmental science to literature, architecture and visual art. The show includes original examples of his important works, such as the sole extant Dymaxion car, models of the Wichita House, the Tetrascroll portfolio, and several geodesic
study models in addition to sketches, notebooks and other artifacts.

June 26 through September 21, 2008
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
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