Buckminster Fuller

CCS Bard Hessel Museum

Buckminster Fuller is a nearly mythic figure who inspires and disappoints in equal measure. Was he a visionary or a bit of a quack, a genius or a dilettante? This exhibition, subtitled Harmonizing Nature, Humanity, and Technology, provided a rare occasion to consider Fuller’s prolific inventions and proposals, his influence on design, and his investigations of natural systems and organisms. Though Fuller has been described as a philosopher, architect, engineer, mathematician, and naturalist, it is an irony of his long, active life that no one field has been particularly anxious to claim him. Fuller’s innovations have never occupied a centrist position, and though many of his ideas have gone unrealized, he remains an inspiration.

This exhibition, at the Edith C. Blum Art Institute at Bard College, was divided into four major parts. A small introductory section, which included organisms and

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