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Modern Icon: The Machine as Subject in American Art

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Fan, New York, 1937

1937
13 15/16 x 11 in. (35.4 x 27.9 cm)

André Kertész
American (Budapest, Hungaria, 1894 - 1985)

Object Type: Photograph
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Gift of the Genesee Valley School Development Assocation
Accession Number: 1970.12
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Location: Not currently on view

André Kertész’s photo of an arm threaded through a fan hints at the vulnerability of the human body to the awesome power of the machine. During what is now called the “machine age” (1918-1941), American culture was preoccupied with innovations in technology and industrialization. While machines offered the average individual unprecedented lifestyle improvements, a threat hovered beneath the promise—the machine needed to be controlled.

[label text for Modern Icon: The Machine As Subject in American Art exhibition, February 3 – March 6, 2012]

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