The Future Is Now

The Future Is Now

Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe at the Guggenheim Museum is the first comprehensive exhibition in the United States devoted to the early-20th-century art movement. It’s a blast!

Cubism, Orphism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Surrealism: All isms lead to Futurism, a synthesis of early-20th-century aesthetics. Revolutionary, aggressive and avant-garde in the extreme, Futurism is the ultimate middle-finger movement in thought, word and deed. Tradition? Fuhgeddaboudit. Not in the age of the automobile, high-speed train and airplane. The world is on the move. Full speed ahead.

Enjoy the slide show, but better yet go to the Guggenheim, the perfect setting for the multidisciplinary shown. Fifty-plus years after it was built, the Frank Lloyd Wright structure still looks like it just landed from outer space.

» Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., 212.423.3840, thru Sept. 1