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Thinking Machines

Museum of Modern Art, New York

13 Nov 2017 - 8 Apr 2018

Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989

Drawn primarily from MoMA’s collection, this exhibition brings together artworks produced using computers and computational thinking, and notable examples of computer and component design. The display combines artworks, design objects, and architectural proposals to trace how computers transformed aesthetics and hierarchies, revealing how these thinking machines reshaped art making, working life, and social connections. The artists featured in ‘Thinking Machines’ exploited the potential of emerging technologies by inventing systems wholesale or by partnering with institutions and corporations that provided access to cutting-edge machines. The exhibition will include works by John Cage and Lejaren Hiller, Richard Hamilton, Alison Knowles, Beryl Korot, Vera Molnár, and Stan VanDerBeek. Find out more about the ‘Thinking Machines’ exhibition from MoMA’s website.

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CM-2 Supercomputer, 1987, Thinking Machines Corporation, Waltham, Massachusetts. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, Photograph by Stephen F. Grohe

CM-2 Supercomputer (1987), Thinking Machines Corporation, Waltham, Massachusetts. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, Photograph by Stephen F. Grohe

Gente Ampli*2 (1972), Waldemar Cordeiro. © 2017 Waldemar Cordeiro

Gente Ampli*2 (1972), Waldemar Cordeiro. © 2017 Waldemar Cordeiro

Boston, Massachusetts (1985), Lee Friedlander. © Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Boston, Massachusetts (1985), Lee Friedlander. © Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

A la Recherche de Paul Klee (1970), Vera Molnár. © 2017 Vera Molnár

A la Recherche de Paul Klee (1970), Vera Molnár. © 2017 Vera Molnár

Poemfield No. 1 (1967), Stan VanDerBeek. © 2017 Estate of Stan VanDerBeek, Photo by Lance Brewer

Poemfield No. 1 (1967), Stan VanDerBeek. © 2017 Estate of Stan VanDerBeek, Photo by Lance Brewer

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