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Piene works featured at Wellesley

"Centerbeam" by Otto Piene.
"Centerbeam" by Otto Piene.

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

The exhibition runs through Jan. 18.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 8, 2003.

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