Judith Barry’s All the light that is ours to see

2019 International Exhibition and Performance Fund

Judith Barry, Study for All the light that’s ours to see, 2018–2020. Courtesy of the artist.
Portrait of Judith Barry in …Cairo stories, 2014. Photo: Grant Mudford, Courtesy Rosamund Felsen Gallery.
Judith Barry's Untitled (Global Displacement: Nearly 1 in 100 People...). Courtesy of the artist.

Large-scale immersive installations

About the Project

Judith Barry, Professor and Director of the Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), is creating Something in Mind, a new work and the centerpiece of a solo exhibition. Something in Mind examines relationships between media types and audience habits. The work includes images of viewing spaces across time, including medieval monasteries, panoramas, virtual reality (VR), home video rentals and more, charting transformations in shared social spaces as they have evolved in relationship to audience habits.

All the light that is ours to see, a version of the Something in Mind project, was on view at Lumiar Cité in Lisbon, Portugal, in fall 2020.


Past Events

Judith Barry: All the light that is ours to see… 
September 19–November 22, 2020
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 3pm to 7pm, and by appointment
Reception: Saturday, September 19th, 2020 / 6:00–8:00pm
Online conversation with Judith Barry and Giovanbattista Tusa, moderated by Jürgen Bock: Wednesday, November 18 / 7:00pm GMT
Lumiar Cité
Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisbon, Portugal


Judith Barry is Professor and Director of the Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) at MIT. Barry utilizes a research-based methodology to explore a wide range of topics. Both the form and the content of her work evolve as the research proceeds. She often makes use of installation, in various forms, as a way to combine many of her disparate interests. These immersive environments are based on experiments incorporating architecture, sculpture, performance, theater, film/video/new media, graphics and interactivity.

Barry has exhibited internationally at such venues as the Berlin Biennale, Carnegie International, Documenta, Nagoya Biennale, São Paulo Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, Venice Biennale(s) of Art/Architecture, and the Whitney Biennale, among others. Her awards include the Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts (2000), “Best Pavilion” at the Cairo Biennale (2001), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011). Public Fantasy, a collection of Barry’s essays, was published by the ICA in London (1991). Other publications include Projections: mise en abyme (1997), The Study for the Mirror and Garden (2003), and Judith Barry: body without limits (2009).

More at the artist’s website: Judith Barry

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