SPEED LIMITS COMES TO THE WOLFSONIAN
Today our curators, registrars, and exhibition designer, and art handlers are putting the finishing touches on our new show, SPEED limits, set to open tomorrow evening—a century after the publication of the Manifesto of Futurism celebrated the “beauty of speed.” I will be missing the opening as I am preparing to head off to New Mexico to view a collection of materials being offered to the Wolfsonian library—but more on that in another blog!
For those of you “out-of-towners” who might also not have the opportunity to come to the opening and experience the show in person, I thought that I would provide you with some idea of the kinds of themes and materials covered in the exhibition. While one naturally thinks of speed in terms of streamlined automobiles, trains, airplanes and other modes of modern transportation, this exhibition will also explore the power and the limits of “speed” as it plays out in our everyday, ever faster-paced lives. Consequently, we will (rapidly) be pulling together some library items for display in our third floor foyer that not only illustrate progress in transportation, but will also consider the impact of “assembly line” production, “fast food,” and other by-products and effects of the revolution in speed. Here is a “sneak peek” at a few of the items we are considering.
And just for fun, I thought I’d include a clip or two from my favorite comedians and their take on life in the Modern world of mechanization and assembly line production. Enjoy.