Photograph of Jack Burnham

Photograph of Jack Burnham
Reproduced in Software. Information Technology: Its New Meaning for Art, exhibition catalogue, The Jewish Museum, New York, 1970, p.10.

Jack Burnham is the most profound and farsighted artist and writer in the 1960s and 70s.

“Jack Wesley Burnham Jr. was born in 1931 and lived much of his life in the Chicago area. He graduated from the Yale School of Art with a BFA in 1959 and an MFA in 1961. From 1955 to 1965, sculpture was his primary medium, often including light. (A photo of a ceiling-mounted piece from 1968, made of electro-luminescent tape and aluminum channels, appears in Beyond Modern Sculpture). He was a Fellow at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies in 1968-9. During his most prolific period as a writer, he taught art history at Northwestern University, eventually becoming chairman of the art department. In the 1980s he moved to the University of Maryland (College Park campus) and again chaired the art and art history departments. Now retired, he lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, immersed in Kabbalah.”[1]

1968 published “Systems Esthetics”

1968 published “Beyond Modern Sculpture: The Effects of Science and Technology on the Sculpture of Our Time”

1970 published “The Aesthetics of Intelligent Systems”

1970 curated the exhibition “Software – Information
Technology: Its New Meaning for Art” at the Jewish Museum in New York



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