Cantor Arts Center and SFMOMA Open Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art present Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art an exhibition featuring more than 70 artworks that explore a central dynamic of art making in Europe and the Americas between the 1910s and the early 1950s. On view from November 13, 2013 to March 16, 2014 at the Cantor Arts Center, the exhibition includes a rich group of paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints, and illustrated books from the collection of SFMOMA.

Fernand Léger, Deux femmes sur fond bleu (Two Women on a Blue Background), 1927; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fractional gift of Helen and Charles Schwab; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris, photo: Ben Blackwell

Fernand Léger, Deux femmes sur fond bleu (Two Women on a Blue Background), 1927; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fractional gift of Helen and Charles Schwab; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris, photo: Ben Blackwell

Featured artists include Margaret Bourke-White, Constantin Brancusi, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Germaine Krull, Fernand Léger, Wyndham Lewis, László Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, Man Ray, Alexander Rodchenko, and Charles Sheeler, among others.

The exhibition is part of the collaborative museum shows and extensive off-site programming presented by SFMOMA while its building is temporarily closed for expansion construction. From the summer of 2013 to early 2016, SFMOMA is on the go, presenting a dynamic slate of jointly organized and traveling exhibitions, public art displays and site-specific installations, and newly created education programs throughout the Bay Area.

Flesh and Metal is curated by Hilarie Faberman, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Cantor; Nancy J. Troy, Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art at Stanford; and from SFMOMA, Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture; Caitlin Haskell, assistant curator of painting and sculpture; and Corey Keller, curator of photography. During winter and spring 2013, Troy and Faberman taught exhibition-related courses at Stanford wherein students assisted with curating, designing, and interpreting the exhibition.

For more information visit: museum.stanford.edu.

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