Aug. 14 Art Minute: Irene Rice Pereira, Projecting Planes

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Projecting Planes by Irene Rice Pereira

Irene Rice Pereira (American, 1902–1971), Projecting Planes. Oil on canvas, 1947. 30 1/8 in. by 40 1/8 in. Museum Purchase, 1948.71. Gallery 8

Fascinated since childhood with light both as a physical phenomenon and as a metaphysical force, I. Rice Pereira explored this interest beginning in the 1930s in luminous abstract painting, sometimes on glass. In 1935 she became a founder and faculty member of the industrial arts school the Design Laboratory in New York City, where she required her painting students to take classes in chemistry, industrial mechanics, and optics. Pursuing the relationship between art and science, she saw her work as interpreting mankind’s “plane of existence” in the space-time continuum.


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