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Kenneth Snelson papers, 1947-2016

Snelson, Kenneth, 1927-2016

Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 21.8 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of artist Kenneth Snelson measure 21.8 linear feet and date from 1947-2016. While primarily known for his sculptures incorporating the structural principle of tensegrity, Snelson was also a prolific photographer and forerunner of computer art. The collection document's the artist's life and work through chronological files, correspondence, project files, gallery and exhibition files, photographic material, and printed material. Chronological files detail seven decades of personal and professional activities, beginning with Snelson's summers at Black Mountain College where he studied with Buckminster Fuller. Project files comprise nearly half of the collection and extensively document his sculptures, towers, atom model, computer art, patents, and cataloging and publishing projects.

Biographical/Historical Note

Kenneth Snelson (1927-2016) was a New York City based artist best known for his sculptures incorporating the structural principle of tensegrity, or tensional integrity.

Provenance

The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in 2017 by Katherine Snelson, Kenneth Snelson's widow.