Monday, August 11, 2008

Progress at Whitney

Jerry N. Uelsmann, Mechanical Man #2, 1959. Gelatin silver print, 16 7/8 x 14 in. (42.9 x 35.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Kathryn Fleck 2000.13

Progress is an exhibition that brings together works from the Whitney's permanent collection which are the artists response to Modernism's social and aesthetic goals by highlighting the connections between art and utopia. Artists include Dan Flavin, Ad Reinhardt, and Sherrie Levine.
"In the early part of the twentieth century, artists and architects like Joseph Albers, Naum Gabo, and Frederick Kiesler carried the revolutionary aims of the European avant-garde to America. The utopian impulse of these artists found its parallel in America's optimism in developing new technology and the rise of consumer culture advancements registered in the emergence of Minimalism and Pop Art in the 1950s and '60s. This presentation includes works in a variety of media at once representing and critiquing the social and aesthetic goals of Modernism. Artists such as Dan Flavin, Ad Reinhardt, and Sherrie Levine recorded the myriad responses, both hopeful and critical, to the transformation in American culture brought on by the influx of utopian ideals. Other artists address the linear advancement of modernity from a distance, neither celebrating nor critiquing the changes it has brought, but tracking its effects over the passage of time. 'Progress' also presents more recent works by artists including Paul Sietsema and Joel Sternfeld, who mine Modernism's utopian moments in order to gauge how the familiar narratives of progress in the United States continue to haunt and inspire contemporary experience. " - Whitney Museum
Currently showing at the Whitney Museum in New York I wish I could be there to check it out, as it appears to be what is a fantastic exhibition that will contain some great examples of pop art created between 1950 and 1970.

New York - USA
Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York
Open - On View Until Sunday 30 November 2008
Hours - Wednesday­Thursday 11 am­6 pm, Friday 1­9 pm (6­9 pm pay-what-you-wish admission), Saturday­Sunday 11 am­6 pm, Mondays & Tuesdays - Closed
Cost - Adults - $15, Senior citizens (62 and over) - $10, Students with
valid ID - $10, Members, NYC public school students with valid student ID, and children under 12 - Free
Website - www.whitney.org

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