György Kepes, Cambridge, 1967. Photo: Ivan Massar. Copyright Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

György Kepes Papers

György Kepes’ seven-anthology set was a groundbreaking compilation of essays from artists, designers, architects, and scientists exploring new directions in education, art, science, and visual communications.  This collection contains Kepes’ notes on the production of Arts of the Environment, the final book in the series, along with correspondence between Kepes and various contributors.

Additionally, ACT holds first printing editions of each publication for patrons to browse and read.

Each volume, published by George Braziller, includes essays centered around a core theme:

  1. Education of Vision, 1965
  2. Structure in Art and in Science, 1965
  3. The Nature and Art of Motion, 1965
  4. Module Proportion Symmetry Rhythm, 1966
  5. The Man-Made Object, 1966
  6. Sign Image Symbol, 1966
  7. Arts of the Environment, 1972

Contributors included, among others, Rudolf Arnheim, Saul Bass, Max Bill, Marcel Breuer, John Cage, R. Buckminster Fuller, Karl Gerstner, Johannes Itten, Marshall McLuhan, and Paul Rand.

Collection Processing and Access

The papers are browsable by patrons requesting research appointments, and the collection is undergoing digitization. Records containing certain personal information are restricted. Access granted to researchers does not imply permission to publish. See Policies page for details.


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