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"Ghosts in the Machine" to open on Wednesday, July 18, at the New Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Photograph: Benoit Pailley

    Ghosts in the Machine at the New Museum

  • Photograph: Benoit Pailley

    Ghosts in the Machine at the New Museum

  • Photograph: Benoit Pailley

    Ghosts in the Machine at the New Museum

Photograph: Benoit Pailley

Ghosts in the Machine at the New Museum

The New Museum's latest multimedia exhibition, "Ghosts in the Machine," opening this Wednesday, July 18, explores the relationship between art and technology throughout history. Running through September 30, the exhibit takes up three floors of the museum, and draws visitors in with a variety of mechanical devices, prints and video clips. Kids are bound to feel like Alice in Wonderland—just as enthralled and probably almost as disoriented—when they see the exhibit of hypnotic Op Art pieces and optical illusions. Scientifically inclined youngsters will also want to check out the display of mechanical devices, such as Emery Balgdon's "healing constructions" and Jacob Mohr's "influencing machines," which were created with the intention of generating magical powers. Be sure to visit the on Saturday, July 21, at Sara D. Roosevelt Park: Free tickets will be given away to the museum, where families can tour the new exhibit with a staffer.

"Ghosts in the Machine" is on view at the New Museum of Contemporary Art through September 30.

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