Art In America

"Ghosts in the Machine"

at New Museum,

235 Bowery

This thought-provoking show, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, starts with the premise of industrialized society's dream that machinery could reflect humanity and be a positive force. Along the way, the machine acquires a mind of its own, leading to some nightmarish scenarios. This dynamic story is told through an engaging—and sometimes jolting—mix of modern and contemporary pieces. It includes an unusual range of artists such as Bridget Riley, Rube Goldberg, Harold Edgerton and Konrad Klaphek, and offers a mind-blowing audiovisual experience inside Stan VanDerBeek's Movie-Drome, a work not seen publically since 1966.       

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