[vcf-midatlantic] Museum of Modern Art Event: Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989

Christian Liendo cliendo at gmail.com
Thu Nov 9 13:45:46 EST 2017

I am going to check this out, but I think it's rather interesting


Drawn primarily from MoMA's collection, Thinking Machines: Art and
Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989 brings artworks produced using
computers and computational thinking together with notable examples of
computer and component design. The exhibition reveals how artists,
architects, and designers operating at the vanguard of art and
technology deployed computing as a means to reconsider artistic
production. 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. They channeled the promise of computing into
kinetic sculpture, plotter drawing, computer animation, and video
installation. Photographers and architects likewise recognized these
technologies' capacity to reconfigure human communities and the built

Thinking Machines includes works by John Cage and Lejaren Hiller,
Waldemar Cordeiro, Charles Csuri, Richard Hamilton, Alison Knowles,
Beryl Korot, Vera Molnár, Cedric Price, and Stan VanDerBeek, alongside
computers designed by Tamiko Thiel and others at Thinking Machines
Corporation, IBM, Olivetti, and Apple Computer. The exhibition
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.

Organized by Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, Department of
Architecture and Design, and Giampaolo Bianconi, Curatorial Assistant,
Department of Media and Performance Art.

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