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Adam Peiperl collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS2248-UA

Collection Scope and Content

This collection consists of examples of Adam Peiperl's photomontages, images, CDs, and a DVD titled "Sheet Sculptures in Polarized Light," consisting of video renditions of his sculptures rotating and displaying iridescent colors of the spectrum. There is also one poster for the Senior Thesis Dance Concert at George Washington University on March 28, 2001. The poster design and photography were done by Adam Peiperl. Mr. Peiperl described these works as the choreography of Maida Withers in snapshots. The images in box three were taken by Mr. Peiperl of performances of choreographic thesis work "The Trials of Terpsichore," by GW graduating senior Courtney Coughlin. The background of these images are digital compositions by Mr. Peiperl. For many of the images found throughout the collection the titles were taken from the file title supplied by Mr. Peiperl. At times the title is clearly missing data and in those cases the data has been inserted in brackets.


  • 2000-2010


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Restrictions on Use

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Historical or Biographical Note

Adam Peiperl (June 4, 1935- ) has spent more than three decades incorporating technology in his artwork. He is a kinetic light sculptor, photographer and videographer. He has created sculptures by using polarized light and also has used digital technology to create his art. He earned a BS in Chemistry from GWU in 1957. His photomontages combine his longtime passions, art and photography. He has had one-man shows at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Smithsonian National Museum of History and Technology, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Philadelphia Art Alliance. In addition, his work has often appeared in group shows and is in the permanent collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art of the University of Oklahoma, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), and Kreeger Museum.

In addition to his status as a graduate of GWU, his connection to the University comes through his collaboration with choreographer Maida Withers, a prominent faculty member in the GWU Dance Program since 1966. He has worked closely with Ms. Withers and her Dance Construction Company. He has been photographing GWU dance students since 1986.


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Language of Materials



This collection contains photomontages, both printed photographs and a cd of the images, of dancers and GWU dance students by artist Adam Peiperl and a DVD of his sheet sculptures in polarized light.

Collection Organization

This collection does not have series. The images are in the order created by the Donor.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Adam Peiperl, 2008 (Accession 2008.021)

Guide to the Adam Peiperl collection, 2000-2010
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America