Monday, August 24

Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers 1900–1940


Kurt Albrecht, Untitled (Brooklyn Bridge), c. 1920
"Rivers epitomize the timeless beauty and vitality of nature; they are also engines of commerce and progress. 'Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers 1900–1940,' organized by the Hudson River Museum, explores a specific instance of that paradox. The seventy works in the exhibition record changes to the regional landscape, defined in the nineteenth century by the Hudson River School as a new eden, and discover a twentieth-century iconography based on skyscrapers and bridges. The word sublime came into use in the eighteenth century to describe feelings of awe at manifestations of natural power such as storms and mountains. In the twentieth century, artists responded to man-made engineering feats with comparable wonder. ..."
Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center
The Hudson River Museum
Industrial Sublime: How New York City’s Bridges and Rivers Became a Muse of Modernism
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