Beginning with Lye’s well-known kinetic masterpiece Universe and its appearance in Bounding Steel Sculpture in 1965 at the Howard Wise Gallery, Manhattan, we take a journey through the events, screenings and exhibitions of Lye’s career from his London and early New York years.
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The 1929 premier of Lye’s Tusalava at the London Film Society is explored through rarely and never before seen archival materials. The 1939 premier screening of Lye’s commission from Imperial Airways Colour Flight before an audience 1200 in London’s West End is documented through archival materials capturing Lye’s brief moment in the glow of the golden age of aviation. Working drawings and film-making tools for each of these films will be exhibited for the first time.
Len Lye: Happy Moments concludes with Fountain and its appearance in the landmark exhibition of kinetic art Bewogen Beweging (Moving Movement) in 1961 at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. Featuring documentary footage of Bewogen Beweging, we witness Lye’s work alongside other kinetic masters such as Jean Tinguely and Alexander Calder.
Curated by Paul Brobbel