Otto Piene, former director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies and professor emeritus in the Department of Architecture, will be featured in the exhibition "Two and One: Printmaking in Germany, 1945-1990" at Wellesley College's Davis Museum and Cultural Center.
The exhibition of prints from significant German and American collections, which includes works by Piene, demonstrates a wide range of techniques and reflects the political realities of the era and the artistic continuities between East and West Germany.
On Thursday, Oct. 9, Piene will take part in a gallery discussion at 1:30 p.m. The opening reception at 6 p.m. will be followed at 7 p.m. by a screening of Piene's films: "The Medium is the Medium" (1969); "Zur Nacht: Black Gate Cologne--Ein Lichtspiel" (1968) and "Sky Art: Helium Event" (1987), led by an introduction by the artist.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, Piene will be one of the panelists in a "Two and One" symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., exploring the interdisciplinary issues surrounding the arts, philosophy and postwar history of a divided and then reunified Germany and the reception of East German artists within West Germany and in the United States. Registration is required; go to http://www.davismuseum.wellesley.edu.
The exhibition runs through Jan. 18.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 8, 2003.