Frederick Kiesler: Vision Machines
Frederick Kiesler: Vision Machines
This exhibition is a concise yet rich examination of Frederick John Kiesler’s (1890-1965) experimental design practice through the activities of his Laboratory for Design Correlation at Columbia University from the late 1930s to the early 1940s.
The Jewish Museum
April 25, 2024 to July 28, 2024
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Exhibition Details

Two of Kiesler’s most essential and ambitious projects developed at the Laboratory are explored in this exhibition: the Mobile Home Library, a device proposed to radically alter domestic space, and the Vision Machine, an ambitious apparatus intended to visualize human sight—from optics and nerve stimuli to dream content and dream images.

Additional Details

A selection of approximately 100 drawings, photographs, and research studies of these projects, as well as the never before realized construction of Kiesler’s Mobile Home Library, will illuminate his remarkable attempts to grasp human vision, record dreams, and to correlate libraries, information, images, and consciousness.


The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue (at 92nd Street)
New York, NY 10128

Image: Frederick Kiesler. Mobile Home Library as represented in his Correalism Manifesto, 1947 / courtesy of The Jewish Museum