Art in Context | Anxious Analogies: Bridget Riley and Computers in the 1960s

Lindsay Caplan, Assistant Professor, History of Art and Architecture, Brown University

Art in Context

Presented by faculty, staff, student guides, and visiting scholars, these gallery talks focus on a particular work of art in the museum’s collections or special exhibitions through an in-depth look at its style, subject matter, technique, or time period.

About this program

Lindsay Caplan discusses how the the reception and display of Bridget Riley's work in the 1960s put the artist in constant dialogue with computers. The talk will explore the intersections of, and anxieties about, art, science, and technology.

About Lindsay Caplan

Caplan is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Brown University. Her book Programmed Art: Freedom, Control, and the Computer in the 1960s Italy is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in October 2022.


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Bridget Riley, Current, 1964, synthetic emulsion on board, The Museum of Modern Art, Philip Johnson Fund, 1964, © 2022 Bridget Riley, All rights reserved

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