Paper Collage with Slide ProjectionArtist(s)Milton CohenObject Creation Datecirca 1958Medium & Supportmixed media on plexiglassDimensions
36 in x 3 1/4 in x 1/4 in (91.44 cm x 8.25 cm x 0.64 cm)Credit LineGift of Gerome KamrowskiSubject matter
Although best known as a painter and art professor at the University of Michigan beginning in the late 1950s, in 1957 Cohen began creating his Space Theater. Cohen's Space Theater allowed him to explore light as a medium within the theater's large dome-shaped space. Cohen manipulated light using a variety of tools including slide and movie projectors, prisms, mirrors, and lenses. This piece, Paper Collage with Slide may be best understood in the context of these slide and light shows.
Cohen combined his light shows with electronic music. Cohen's Space Theater was the inspiration for Ann Arbor's ONCE Festival- an innovative music/arts festival started by a group of University of Michigan students.Physical Description
This sculptural mixed-media consists of three long, narrow panels supporting plexiglass elements. The first has transparent plexiglass with brown geometric shapes on it as well as broken glass or plexiglass rods, and painted blue, green, and red dashed lines on the plexiglass. The second, shorter panel is black and glossy with six black matte squares on it. Red, orange, green, and blue abstract shapes are layered underneath the squares. The third, narrower, panel is transparent with eight square sections, some covered with an opaque material. There are also abstract designs that are primarily black, with some green and orange.Primary Object ClassificationMixed MediaCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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Abstract (fine arts style)
mixed media works
modern and contemporary art
panels (surface components)
projections (visual works)