Robots – Evolution Of A Cultural Icon

Michael Mew - Robot 4

The San Jose Museum of Art has offered up the exhibit “Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon”. The kitsch show has little to do with robotics, instead the focus is on the notions of an ideal generated in the 1950’s. The inspiration for the show came from an impression that robots in use today are not stylistically humanoid.
There is plenty of eye candy from some very talented artists including Michael Mew (above) and Nam June Paik (below). The concentration of “Robots” is on nostalgia and little in the way of evolution is explored. If one makes the approach with this mindset the show will not disappoint.

Nam June Paik - Robespierre

Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon
San Jose Museum of Art
12 April – 19 October 2008

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