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Shift can be seen as an apt personification of travel. Traveling requires flexibility and a willingness to place oneself in new locations and situations. One of the greatest benefits of travel is that it compels us to see ourselves differently in each new context—altering our self-perceptions. As this exhibition has traveled and evolved, it has encountered new visitors. Information and ideas emanate from the works like ripples across a pond, or sound waves through space. Like the phenomenon of the Doppler effect, the exhibition has created sensations and altered perceptions wherever it has found viewers.

Mary Birmingham is Curator at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey I am grateful to Debra Ramsay, who first introduced me to the Doppler exhibition, and to Stephen Maine, whose patient explanation increased my understanding of the Doppler effect. I thank Sarah Klein and David Kwan for their work on the program and DVD of time-based works that accompanies this exhibition, and Guido Winkler for his invaluable help in expediting the works from Europe. And finally, I extend a special appreciation to Mel Prest, who generously entrusted me with the stewardship of this interesting project and so graciously offered her assistance and support at every turn.

Doppler Shift  
Doppler Shift  

Twenty seven artists from the US and Europe use geometry and color to explore the illusion of difference between two- and three-dimensional...