Pictured: 1913 Alfa Romeo Castagna Aerodinamica
This Thursday is the opening of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit: “The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller.” They called a few months ago, wanting to interview me on my experiences with Bucky. I told them it would be a negative interview, to wit: 1. Fuller did not invent the geodesic dome; the first geodesic dome was built in Jena, Germany in 1922, designed by Dr. Walter Bauersfeld. Fuller secured a patent in 1954, and always claimed he was the inventor. (Full story on pp. 180-81 of Shelter.)
2. Nor did Fuller invent the tensegrity sphere or the tensegrity mast, both of which he claimed credit for. They were invented by a student of his at Black Mountain College, artist Kenneth Snelson.
3. His Dymaxion car was obviously based on the 1913 Alfa Romeo Castagna Aerodinamica.
4. I was an early fan, but as time passed, I became disillusioned with Fuller and pretty much all of his concepts. Don’t get me started.
So they filmed me expressing these admittedly negative views, and it apparently will be part of the exhibit, from March 31-July 29, 2012 at SFMOMA, 151 3rd St., SF. I like to accentuate the positive, but sometimes it’s just not possible.