cavs: a history of innovation
Since its founding in 1967 until the 2009 merger, the CAVS has provided long-term appointments to a wide range of important innovators in the visual arts, environmental arts, dance, and new media, such as composer Maryanne Amacher, avant-garde filmmaker Stan van der Beek, Lowry Burgess, Peter Campus, Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, Yvonne Rainer, Alan Sonfist, and many others including artist Otto Piene, a member of the ZERO group. Piene succeeded Prof. Kepes as director in 1974. Following Piene’s retirement in 1994, the internationally-known artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, became director of CAVS. Steve Benton, inventor of the white-light “rainbow” hologram, directed CAVS from 1996 until his death in 2003. Wodiczko returned as director to CAVS in 2004.
The Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) merged in 2009 with the MIT Visual Arts Program to create the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT); ACT is continuing, the legacy of CAVS.