Photo by Nicholas Knight courtesy of Public Art Fund
The Public Art Fund will present a talk at The New School that explores the intersection of history, art, design through the lens of both historic and contemporary dazzle ships. “Dazzling” ships was a technique invented by British painter Norman Wilkinson during World War I. Wilkinson came up with the idea to “camouflage” war ships by painting them with patterns that would optically distort their forms and confuse enemy submarines tracking their distance, direction, and speed. New York City’s Fireboat John J. Harvey was dazzled by New York artist Tauba Auerbach, and is currently on view at Hudson River Park’s Pier 66a.
At the Public Art Fund talk, distinguished dazzle camouflage historian Roy R. Behrens will frame the fireboat project within the historical and political context of dazzle camouflage painting. Flow Separation curator Emma Enderby will discuss Auberbach’s modern reinterpretation of dazzle design as well as its four contemporary precursors in the UK, and Public Art Fund Director of Exhibitions Jesse Hamerman will offer an insightful behind-the scenes look at the process of realizing Auerbach’s vision for Flow Separation.
The lecture will be held on November 15th at the The New School, Tishman Auditorium, University Center at 6:30p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and can be purchased here.