Sept. 24th MIT 1200 Lecture 5/6
MODERNISM: MODERNITY’S MIRROR
1. From farm to war
2. Industry’s birth pangs
4. Ford’s flow production
Q: What is modernism?
A: A cultural response to modernity – the machine
When: 1875… 1890-1945 (peeks in 1920s, ‘30s
WHAT: Alienation, loss, disruption, exhilaration, refutation, resistance, renewal.
- Homestead – land
- Each other
- Government – and so Big Labor
Modernity is the forces of industrial culture (cars, cell phones, computers, simple
engineering) largely based on oil, machine (WHERE WE ARE NOW).
Q: HOW DO CULTURAL PRODUCTS REFLECT THESE LOSSES?
A: Artists separate themselves, as ________ they interpret the social, political, personal
ills they watch in action around them
New and surprising modes or forms arise reflecting the shock o the machine on
- Science (of mind-psycholog