Precession: R. Buckminster Fuller's Creative Connections
Precession: The effect of bodies in motion on other bodies in motion.
All the inner effects of all, or most bodies in motion, and all other bodies in motion in [the] Universe is all "precessional." So I hope that instead of this just being a word that seems remote to you now, it suddenly begins to be important.
-R. Buckminster Fuller
Stanford Libraries presents Precession: R. Buckminster Fuller’s Creative Connections, on view October 7, 2021, through January 3, 2022, in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Cecil H. Green Library Bing Wing. Fuller is perhaps best known as the patent-holder of the geodesic dome. Yet his projects were quite varied and touched upon many principles of creative scientific inquiry. The exhibition celebrates the creative connections between R. Buckminster Fuller and his contemporaries.
In 1999, Stanford University Libraries acquired the archive of R. Buckminster Fuller, currently our largest single manuscript collection with over 1300 linear feet of papers and numerous recordings and models spanning the years 1920—1983. This massive collection has brought new insights about Fuller to light and illuminated key relationships with Fuller and other creative thinkers across the course of his multifaceted career as a mathematician, professor, and public intellectual. More than just acquaintances, these meetings of minds created what Fuller might have called “precessional” effects, with each exerting incremental influences on one another’s paths.
Fuller had hundreds of friendships, professional relationships, and collaborators throughout his life, which he maintained through travel as well as copious correspondence. This exhibit focuses on just a handful of the many well-documented relationships within the Fuller Collection and other manuscript collections at Stanford University Libraries.
In conjunction with the exhibition’s opening, a virtual Panel Discussion: R. Buckminster Fuller’s Creative Connections, hosted by the Department of Special Collections and Stanford Libraries, will occur online on October 14th, 2021, from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PT. This event is free and open to the public; registration is required.
NOTE: In addition to the physical exhibition, there is a forthcoming online exhibition; stay tuned to the Current Exhibits page for updates.
Fuller's Creative Connections will be on display in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda exhibit cases from October 7, 2021—January 3, 2022.
NOTE: Exhibit cases in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda are illuminated from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to call 650-723-0931 or visit the Library Hours page to confirm hours and access.
The exhibition is free and currently restricted to the following current Stanford ID cardholders: students, post-docs, professors (including emeriti), academic staff, fellows, and Stanford visiting scholars. Learn about the Libraries' entry requirements and available services.