Architectural Site 17
American, born 1936
Barbara Kasten is best known for constructing and photographing complex assemblages from a wide variety of materials, including painted wood, plaster, mirrors, screens, and fibers. In 1986, she began photographing postmodern architecture, including the High’s Richard Meier–designed building, pictured here. Using a large-format camera and working with a professional movie lighting crew, Kasten created an elaborate setup of colored lights and mirrors that transformed the building’s gleaming white, cool industrial forms into a vibrant, dynamic, and dizzying intersection of forms and space.