The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age

“Since the beginning of the mechanical age, some people have looked to machines to bring about progress toward Utopia; others have feared them as the enemies of humanistic values, leading only to destruction. Most of these contradictory ideas persist, in one form or another, in the 20th century and find their reflection in art. This is evidenced in the exhibition in the works of art varying in character from the conventional mediums of painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs and films to motorized constructions and computer graphics.” –MoMa, 1968