Images of Industry

Industrial subject matter has fascinated artists since the dawn of the industrial revolution in eighteenth-century Europe. Artistic responses have run the gamut from representing the sites of industrial activity with awe and wonder, to ennobling the labor of industrial workers, to highlighting the environmental impact of industry and industrial by-products. The following works from the Museum’s collections represent a cross section of such artistic responses, which offer a historical context to the exhibition Rouge: Michael Kenna.

  • 12581
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Steelworker riding Block and Tackle
    x1973-50
  • 12582
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    View from the Empire State Building
    x1973-51
  • 12583
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Lower Manhattan from the Empire State Build-ing
    x1973-52
  • 45711
    Margaret Bourke-White, American, 1904–1971
    Making Bottom, 1931
    1995-5
  • 14253
    Charles Sheeler, American, 1883–1965
    American Interior, ca. 1932–35
    x1980-13
  • 12555
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Spinner in Cotton Mill, 1937
    x1973-30
  • 65500
    Minor White, American, 1908–1976
    Portland, 1938
    x1980-144
  • 51587
    Ansel Adams, American, 1902–1984
    Machine parts and weathered wood in sand, 1939
    2006-788
  • 70058
    Minor White, American, 1908–1976
    Oswego, New York, July 9, 1958
    x1980-3383
  • 70059
    Minor White, American, 1908–1976
    Oswego, New York, July 9, 1958
    x1980-3384
  • 61052
    Chinese, Modern period, 1912–present
    Lia Hua 李桦, 1907–1994
    Greater Efforts in order to Accelerate the Four Modernizations (为加速实现四化而努力), 1958
    2011-30
  • 16650
    Bernd and Hilla Becher, German, established 1959
    Cooling Towers Wood-Steel, 1959–77
    x1990-68 a-i
  • 28945
    Jack Smith, British, born 1928
    Light and Dark Machine with Objects, 1960
    y1962-128
  • 70495
    Minor White, American, 1908–1976
    Provincetown, Massachusetts, February 1967
    x1980-4267
  • 59519
    Bernd and Hilla Becher, German, established 1959
    Zeche Consolidation, Gelsenkirchen, Ruhr, Germany, 1974
    2010-124
  • 40868
    Thomas F. Barrow, American, born 1938
    Untitled, from the series Enigma Cipher Machine, 1975
    2001-330
  • 55139
    Marilyn Bridges, American, born 1948
    Windmill Farming, Tehachapi, California, 1986
    2007-83
  • 18967
    Robert Dawson, American, born 1950
    Hoover Dam, Arizona/Nevada, from the Water in the West Project, 1987
    x1994-45
  • 47623
    Virginia Beahan, American, born 1946
    Laura McPhee, American, born 1958
    The Blue Lagoon, Svartsengi Geothermal Pumping Station, Iceland, 1988, printed 1995
    1995-384
  • 47634
    Virginia Beahan, American, born 1946
    Laura McPhee, American, born 1958
    Windmills, Coachella Valley, and Fire in the San Gorgonio Mountains, California, 1995
    1995-385