Geometry of Motion 1920s/1970s, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY


Geometry of Motion, 1920s / 1970s, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn

Hans Richter, Still from Filmstudie, 1926
35mm film transferred to video (black and white, silent)

March 19–June 23, 2008

This exhibition considers the transformation of the art object from static image to light projection within two distinct artistic lineages: the unconventional optical techniques and social analyses of the 1920s Neue Optik, or “New Vision,” generation of artists, among them László Moholy-Nagy, Hans Richter, and Marcel Duchamp; and the situational aesthetics advanced by Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Smithson, and Anthony McCall in the 1970s. Drawing attention to the conditions and complexities of perception—both within the framework of institutional display and in other surroundings—these artists have redefined the social potential of visual agency.