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Color, Light, Motion. Episode 2: David Familian & Karen Moss

Color, Light, Motion – Episode 2 featured David Familian, the director of the Beall Center for Art + Technology and art historian, curator and educator, Karen Moss from USC Roski School of Art and Design. In this emergent conversation, Familian discussed Virtually Wise by Nam June Paik and Moss discussed the Wind Up Guitar by Christian Marclay, Alan Rath’s, Desktop Breather and NanoMandala by Victoria Vesna. The following dialogue expanded on the historical importance and relationship between the artworks as well as the inherent and hidden connections to artworks by Marcel Duchamp.

2021-04-08T17:32:37-08:00April 6th, 2021|COLOR LIGHT MOTION SERIES, News & Events|

Color, Light, Motion. Episode 1: Erkki Huhtamo

In conversation with Victoria Vesna brought to you by the David Bermant Foundation

We are proud to announce the beginning of COLOR, LIGHT, MOTION, a collaboration with Harvestworks NY and the David Bermant Foundation. This new, online series will feature a media artist in conversation with one of the works from the Bermant Collection. Each artist will go over the selected artwork, in history and context, and then will present their own work and discuss relationships and contrasts between. These rich conversations will be unique, interesting and art-historical.


2021-04-06T17:02:39-08:00March 2nd, 2021|COLOR LIGHT MOTION SERIES, News & Events|


Marcel Duchamp, “Rotorelief No. 5 – Poisson Japonais” (recto) gif (via Wikimedia Commons)

A Collection of Experimental Kinetic Art, Featuring Marcel Duchamp and Jenny Holzer

The Butler Institute of American Art received 98 works from the kinetic art collection of developer David Bermant, who acquired work that explored movement through the use of video, electronics, robotics, holography, magnetism, and light.


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2021-01-18T12:19:47-08:00January 18th, 2021|News & Events|

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Virtually Wise, Nam June Paik

Butler Acquires Major $3.4M Collection of Modern Art

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Butler Institute of American Art has received a landmark collection of experimental 20th century art.

The 98-piece collection of kinetic art pieces, valued at $3.4 million, was given to The Butler by the David W. Bermant Foundation of Santa Barbara, Calif.

All of the pieces are untraditional, and were collected by the late David W. Bermant, a New York native who was a successful shopping center developer on the East and West coats. Bermant died in 2000 in Santa Barbara, where he lived part-time, at age 80.

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2021-01-18T12:43:09-08:00January 17th, 2021|News & Events|

Color, Light, Motion at Buttler Institute Press Release

January 8, 2021, Youngstown, OH – The Butler Institute of American Art is excited to announce it has received a belated 100th birthday present from a California foundation. The David Bermant Foundation of Santa Barbara California has gifted the Butler Institute one of the premier collections of Kinetic art in America. The collection of 98 works valued at several million dollars includes pieces created by many of the pioneers of technologically based art such as Marcel Duchamp, Nam June Paik, Jenny Holzer, Jean Tinguely, Pol Bury, George Rhoads, John Deandria, James Seawright, and dozens more.

Butler director, Dr. Louis Zona stated that “the addition of the Bermant collection further enriches the Butler’s holdings of contemporary art. We express our gratitude to the Bermant Foundation for their generosity and vision in placing this extraordinary art collection with the Butler Institute of American Art.”

David Bermant was one of the most admired collectors of avant-garde art in the United States. His collection of

2021-01-18T12:25:14-08:00January 8th, 2021|News & Events|
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