Science Friday, NPR, August 2015. Museum Plays Art and Technology Matchmaker and the legacy of LACMA’s first Art and Technology program
"When the Los Angeles County Museum of Art launched its first Art & Technology program back in 1967, the idea of artists and technologists collaborating was radical—and the art world wasn’t quite ready."
“I Had a Friend in High School”
“My serve is so good,
“I am in your debt, and all I did was stand briefly in front of your camera. Sincerely, Rockne Krebs, Sept. 2008 P.S. And beat you in ping pong. Ho, Ho, Ho! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Thank you!”
Rockne saved me by agreeing to do a commercial job
(I believe his only one)
for a GE marketing campaign with me.
- Marc Palumbo
October 15, 2011
Thank you library & archives staff at LACMA’s Library!
Balch Art Research Library
LACMA Unframed / Balch Library: Before and After
“…the renovated library is now also home to the new
Art + Technology Lab…
Library displays feature special selections from the archives, hand-picked by the library and archives staff. Currently, you’ll find fascinating documentation from the original Art and Technology program that ran from 1967 to 1971, including a drawing by artist Rockne Krebs for his laser-beam installation, produced in collaboration with the Hewlett-Packard Corporation.
Displayed alongside is a letter of recommendation by curator
Sam Wagstaff on behalf of artist James Lee Byars, playfully hand scrawled in crayon….” April 21, 2014
“Of the 38 major pieces I’ve made in the last 10 years, two still exist. Perhaps I ought to start making still-lifes of flowers.” Rockne Krebs, 1977, The Washington Post.
‘Rockne Krebs is recognized as one of Washington’s finest artists. Krebs “Of the 38 major pieces I’ve made in the last 10 years, two still exist. Perhaps I ought to start making still-lifes of flowers.”’ *1
“I think of these as pieces which you experience in total but see only in sequence or passages. The experience is a remembered experience, almost as a piece of music of which you hear the progression. In this case you see the progression of the piece and your final total experience is one of memory.”
Rockne Krebs, 1970 *2
“’Crazy, man!’ is the way young people describe it as the beam dances merrily as it bounces off trees, the waters of the lagoon…” *3
“I was disheartened to read Rockne’s 1977 statement, that of the thirty-eight major pieces he had made, only four were still extant.
Rockne’s sobering quote speaks volumes about the temporal nature of all art. However, there is one piece that certainly exists and has become a touchstone for me. Miami Line is a signature Krebs light sculpture that stretches for a third of a mile along the under edge of a Metrorail overpass in downtown Miami ….” *4
William Dunlap, Dec. 2, 2011
“...Krebs’s made one feel extremely happy and proud to be alive at a particular time and place…” *5
*2. The Sixth National Sculpture Conference, 1970, National Sculpture Center, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Edited by Elden C. Tefft, published 1971. Published transcript of Krebs’ lecture.
*3. Griffin, Thomas. One-the Beam Museum Draws ‘Em Like Moths, The States-Item New Orleans, 1971.
*4. Harrison, Carol. Rockne Krebs Photographs + Interpretations, 2013.
*5. Forgey, Benjamin. Art Life on the Edges, essay, Washington Art Matters: Art Life in the Capital 1940-1990, 2013.
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