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Aspen Art Museum


Don ZanFagna

Oct 21, 2011-Nov 20, 2011

Artist Don ZanFagna began working in the 1950s, creating stunning works that examine the creative potential of ecological design. Manifested through extensive journals, drawings, collages, and architectural models, his work combines environmental consciousness, technological savvy, and utopian spirit.

ZanFagna founded CEASE (Center for Ecological Action to Save the Environment) and was a speaker, along with Ralph Nader, Margaret Mead, and numerous others, at New York’s first Earth Day Teach-In at Union Square in 1970. Though presented at venues like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, ZanFagna’s work has long been under-recognized for its importance.

His Aspen Art Museum exhibition featured selections from his Pulse Domes series: vividly imaginative drawings of homes that are created, constructed, and maintained entirely with organic processes and predate similar self-sustaining research environments, like the Biosphere 2, by some twenty years. Deeply interested in the rapid technological changes taking place in the sixties and seventies—when everything from space exploration, robotics, personal computing, and biological research underwent radical upheaval—ZanFagna’s works are, in retrospect, eerily prescient and prefigure a number of vital and current artistic practices.

General exhibition support was provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Exhibition lectures are presented as part of the Questrom Lecture Series.