Modern Icon: The Machine in American Art

Modern Icon: The Machine as Subject in American Art

February 3–May 6, 2012 in the Lockhart Gallery

Ballet Mechanique by Charles SheelerIn the early 1900s, as American technological and manufacturing prowess transformed modern life, some spoke of industry as a new religion and the machine as an object of worship. Technologies like the steam engine, light bulb and telephone seemed supernatural and all-powerful. This exhibition explores how American artists from the last 100 years have responded with both awe and ambiguity to technological changes and innovations. Included are 25 objects, mostly works on paper, by such masters as Charles Sheeler, Louis Lozowick, John Marin and Charles Burchfield.

Sponsored by Eastman Kodak Company.

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What’s Up lecture

Sunday, March 11, 1 pm / included in Gallery admission

Enjoy an informal talk on works in Modern Icon by the show’s curator, MAG assistant curator Jessica Marten.

Pictured: Charles Sheeler, Ballet Mechanique (1931).