Curator Lecture: "The Soul of Human Life: Technology and Modernity," by Emma Acker
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Charles Sheeler, "Classic Landscape," 1931. Oil on canvas, 25 x 32 1/4 in. (63.5 x 81.9 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Barney A. Ebsworth, 2000.39.2. © Charles Sheeler
The tensions and ambivalences about industrialization expressed in works by the American Precisionists during the Machine Age are particularly fascinating and relevant to a contemporary audience in the midst of what has been termed the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in which robots are replacing human labor for various functions, underscoring many of the same excitements and concerns about modernization that existed nearly one hundred years ago. Emma Acker will introduce the themes explored by the artists featured in the exhibition Cult of the Machine and will consider their resonance with our current moment.
Emma Acker is the associate curator of American Art for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.
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