SFMoMA Museum of Modern Art

The Utopian Impulse

31 Mar - 29 Jul 2012

Buckminster Fuller
Motor Vehicle-Dymaxion Car, United States Patent Office no. 2,101,057, from the portfolio Inventions: Twelve Around One, 1981; screen print in white ink on clear polyester film; Collection SFMOMA, gift of Chuck and Elizabeth Byrne; © The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller, All Rights reserved; image courtesy SFMOMA
Buckminster Fuller And The Bay Area
31 March – 29 July, 2012

The Bay Area has long attracted dreamers, progressives, nonconformists, and designers. Buckminster Fuller was all of these, and although he never lived in San Francisco, his ideas have spawned many local experiments in technology, design, and sustainability. The first to consider Fuller's Bay Area philosophical legacy, this exhibition features some of his most iconic projects, as represented in a Fuller print portfolio recently acquired by SFMOMA, Inventions: Twelve Around One. Along with Fuller inventions like the 4D House, Geodesic Dome, World Game, and Dymaxion car, the exhibition presents Bay Area endeavors — from Ant Farm's 1972 domed Convention City proposal to North Face tents, and from the Whole Earth Catalog to One Laptop Per Child — inspired by Fuller's radical idealism and his visionary designs informed by technology, ecology, and social responsibility.

Tags: Ant Farm, Buckminster Fuller