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Science, Technology, and Utopias : Women Artists and Cold War America (Hardcover) (Christine Filippone)
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The rise of big science, the space race, proxy wars, and cybernetics during the Cold War marked science and technology as critical sites of social and political power. Women artists, historically excluded from these domains, responded with critique and with its inverse: a redeployment of industrial materials, electronic or digital technologies into works that promoted ideals of progress and alternative concepts of human community. In this book, Christine Filippone examines the work of artists Alice Aycock, Agnes Denes, Martha Rolser and Carolee Schneemann, created between the late 1960s and the mid-1980s, which incorporate science and technology as subject and media. Motivated by the contemporary American womenâ€™s movement, science and technology offered these artists new modes of artmaking that transgressed modernist, heroic, painterly styles as well as new methods of art distribution that subverted the traditional economic structures of the gallery, the museum and the dealer. Filippone argues that these artists used science and technology to mount a critique on Cold War American society as they saw it-conservative and constricting. At the same time, this group of artists also embraced these domains of knowledge and practice as expressions of hope for a better future.
Number of Pages: 204
Series Title: Science and the Arts Since 1750
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Christine Filippone
Street Date: October 20, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-1314
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