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Fujiko Nakaya at the Glass House

Fujiko Nakaya, Veil, 2014, fog. Installation view, Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, CT. Photo: Richard Barnes.

Fujiko Nakaya changed the weather. In 1970, the Japanese artist produced a stunning fog that swelled and occluded a pavilion at the world’s fair in Osaka, Japan. The Pepsi Pavilion, dubbed after its corporate sponsor, was created by the group Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), founded in 1966; Nakaya’s project encapsulated the organization’s vision of a new kind of relationship between art, science, and engineering, and she has continued to work with fog for more than four decades, collaborating with everyone from wind scientists to choreographers, and turning mist into a fantastic medium somewhere between sculpture, architecture, atmosphere, and event. For the past several months, Nakaya’s newest work, Veil, has swathed the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Artforum editor Michelle Kuo talks to the artist about her oeuvre, while senior editor Julian

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