The gift from the estate of the late New York art collector David Bermant comprises ninety-eight twentieth-century works of "kinetic art," a genre in which technology is used to incorporate movement, light, and sound in a piece. The collection includes works by many of the pioneers of technology-based art, including Marcel Duchamp, Nam June Paik, Jenny Holzer, Jean Tinguely, Pol Bury, George Rhoads, John DeAndria, and James Seawright. The pieces will be on display this summer in Butler's Beecher Center wing and on the institute's front lawn.
"One thing that excited me about this collection is that it is unique," said Butler Institute director Lou Zona. "A lot of people have not seen art based in technology. These are pieces that boggle the mind. There are pieces that are simply amusing, so it's wide-ranging."