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Machine art, 1934

Author: Jennifer Jane Marshall
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1934, New York's Museum of Modern Art staged a major exhibition of ball bearings, airplane propellers, pots and pans, cocktail tumblers, petri dishes, protractors, and other machine parts and products. The exhibition, titled Machine Art, explored these ordinary objects as works of modern art, teaching museumgoers about the nature of beauty and value in the era of mass production. Telling the story of this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
History
Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Jane Marshall
ISBN: 9780226507156 0226507157
OCLC Number: 746489173
Description: xxiii, 212 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Preface: A particular brand of modernism --
Introduction: Material formalism --
Objectification: Machine art's photographic operations --
In form we trust: Machine art's neoplatonism at the end of the American gold standard --
The art of parts: Machine art's alienated objects and their rationalized reassembly --
Empiricism: The object of machine art's experience --
Epilogue: Opening the circle.
Responsibility: Jennifer Jane Marshall.

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In 1934, New York's Museum of Modern Art staged a major exhibition of ball bearings, airplane propellers, pots and pans, cocktail tumblers, petri dishes, protractors, and other machine parts and  Read more...

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