The travelling exhibit, “Electronic Abstractions, 1953” travelled to 119 stations in 103 cities in America until 1967. Source“Electronic Abstractions” are abstract art forms, traced by intricate electrical waves on the screen of a cathode-ray oscilloscope. They are originated and fashioned by electronic circuits and displayed by the glowing beam of the electronic picture tube. While the elements which make up these creations are basically geometrical and mathematical, the resulting design forms are abstract in that they are not meant to depict any recognizable objects.
Excerpt from the introductory panels of the display.
Each of the pictures in the actual exhibit was a 11×14 inch photographic enlargement in a 16×20 inch salon mount. The exhibit was organized and mounted originally by W. D. Frankforter, director of Sanford Museum, and by Ben Laposky in 1953.
Following are the art museums showing the first series of the “Electronics Abstractions” exhibit, 1953-54 :
SANFORD MUSEUM, CHEROKEE, IOWA
DES MOINES ART CENTER, DES MOINES, IOWA
MASON CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY GALLERY, MASON CITY, IOWA
DRAKE UNIVERSITY ART DEPARTMENT, DES MOINES, IOWA
SIOUX CITY ART CENTER, SIOUX CITY, IOWA
BLANDEN MEMORIAL, FORT DODGE, IOWA
JOSLYN ART MUSEUM, OMAHA, NEBRASKA
HACKLEY ART GALLERY, MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN
NEVILLE PUBLIC MUSEUM, GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
SLATER MEMORIAL MUSEUM, NORWICH, CONNECTICUT
SKIDMORE COLLEGE ART DEPARTMENT, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK
ADDISON GALLERY OF AMERICAN ART, ANDOVER, MASSACHUSETTS
PHILBROOK ART CENTER, TULSA, OKLAHOMA
OKLAHOMA ART CENTER, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
Additional places showing the Electronic Abstractions exhibits, 1954-1961 :
CRANBROOK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICHIGAN
J.B.SPEED ART MUSEUM, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
RICHMOND ART CENTER, RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA
WUSTUM MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, RACINE, WISCONSIN
CURRIER GALLERY OF ART, MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
DAVENPORT PUBLIC MUSEUM, DAVENPORT, IOWA
CAYUGA MUSEUM, AUBURN, NEW YORK.
OSHKOSH PUBLIC MUSEUM, OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN
BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART, BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
NORFOLK MUSEUM OF ART AND SCIENCE, NORFOLK, VA .
WARTBURG COLLEGE, WAVERLY, IOWA
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, BURLINGTON, VERMONT
COOPER UNION, MUSEUM FOR THE ARTS OF DECORATION, NEW YORK.
ROCHESTER ART CENTER, ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA
VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL, N . C .
NEWARK PUBLIC LIBRARY GALLERY, NEWARK, N . J .
DALLAS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, DALLAS, TEXAS
GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE OF PHOTOGRAPHY, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURG, PITTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
COLORADO COLLEGE, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, ORONO, MAINE
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN
MINNEAPOLIS SCHOOL OF ARTS, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
INSTITUTE OF DESIGN, ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
A duplicate set of the Sanford Museum traveling exhibit was shown in France at LeMons and other places by the Cultural Relations Section of the United States Information Agency.
Smaller groups of prints from the exhibits were also shown at : Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio; Photographers Association of America Convention,
Chicago (1955), and other places .
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