Machine-Age Exposition, catalogue (1927)
Machine-Age Exposition, catalogue (1927) [PDF, 18mb]
Exhibition catalogue of the Machine-Age Exposition, held on May 16-28, 1927, at 119 West 57th Street in New York, and advertised as the first event bringing together "architecture, engineering, industrial arts and modern art."
The exhibition was initiated by Jane Heap of The Little Review, a New York literary magazine, and organised along with Société des urbanistes, Brussels; U.S.S.R. Society of Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries; Kunstgewerbeschule, Vienna; Czlonkowie Group Praesens, Warsaw; Architects D.P.L.G, Paris; and Advisory American Section.
The volume contains a panorama of European and American architecture and art, with photo documentation, and following articles: "Foreword: Architecture of this Age" by Hugh Ferriss, "The Aesthetic of the Machine and Mechanical Introspection in Art" by Enrico Prampolini, "Machine and Art" by Alexander Archipenko, "The Americanization of Art" by Louis Lozowick, "French Architecture" by André Lurçat, "Architecture Opens Up Volume" by Szymon Syrkus, "Machine-Age Exposition" by Jane Heap, "The Poetry of Forces" by Mark Turbyfill, and "Modern Glass Construction" by Frederick L. Keppler.
The artists committee of the exhibition included Alexander Archipenko, Robert Chanler, Andrew Dasberg, Charles Demuth, Muriel Draper, Marcel Duchamp, Josef Frank, Hugh Ferriss, Louis Lozowick, André Lurçat, Elie Nadleman, Man Ray, Boardman Robinson, Charles Sheeler, Ralph Steiner, Szymon Syrkus and L. Van der Swallmen.
Represented countries: "America", Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland and Russia.
Published in New York, 1927 44 pages
Commentary (E. B. White, The New Yorker, 1927): "That the machine is the tutelary symbol of the universal dynamism can be discovered at the Machine Age Exposition. [...] Drawings, photographs, cubist and constructionist figures by reputable modern artists are side by side with cogs, motor boat propellers, Crane valves, insides of pianos and diving suits."