The Utopian Factory: Precisionism and Modern Industry


“New in the Gallery” Installation and Noon Talk

The introduction of the tenets of modern art to America (1913 Armory Show) coincided with the rise of the assembly line (Henry Ford). Precisionism—which appropriated elements of Cubism and Futurism—focused on the beauty and elegance of the shapes and forms associated with contemporary machinery without the grit, grime, and sweat of the workers. This installation features prints, drawings, and photographs by Oscar Bluemner, Charles Sheeler, Louis Lozowick, Lewis Hine, and Fred G. Korth. Joseph Varga, Associate Professor of Labor Studies, will present a Noon Talk on Wednesday, September 9, 12:15-1:00 p.m., exploring the intersection of modernism and the labor movement (Paterson Silk Strike) in Bluemner’s watercolor Impressions of a Silktown, New Jersey.

Contact: Nan Brewer,

When August 25 – December 20, 2015

WhereIU Art Museum (Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Gallery of Twentieth-century Art, first floor)