Organized in collaboration with the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect is the first U.S. survey of this pioneering video artist and brings together more than one hundred works, including drawings, artist's notebooks, paintings, video and photographic installations spanning from early experimental work with art and technology to the groundbreaking video installations from the 1970s through the 1990s.
Formally trained as an architect, Downey began experimenting with different art forms when he moved from Paris to Washington DC in 1965. He developed a strong interest in the concept of invisible energy and shifted from object-based artistic practice to an experiential approach, seeking to combine interactive performance with sculpture and video, a transition the exhibition explores. Downey quickly established himself as an avant-garde pioneer of video and technology art and for the next two decades began to explore invisible forms of energy and communication, describing himself as a "cultural communicant" and an "activating anthropologist."
Organized by the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the MIT List Visual Arts Center
The exhibition was on view May 6 - July 11, 2011 at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA and is currently on view at Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, until December 31, 2011.