New Order at MoMA review: artists chart a world in motion | Art and design



To think computers were not supposed to make it to the new millennium. MoMA’s New Order: Art and Technology in the 21st Century never mentions the Y2K bug, although perhaps it should have. The 21st century has never been without the strange panic with which it began.

Presenting art made between 2000 and 2017, New Order starts in the immediate aftermath of Y2K, which turned out to be no big deal. While the old order was manufactured and full of junctures, the new order desires seamlessness. Generations have integrated industrial and postindustrial technologies into their lives. The old order was built; the new order is born.

New Order takes care to remember its ancestors. Henry Ford, whose great-great grandchildren now are in their 50s, can be found in the helical parts of Tauba Auerbach’s 3D-printed table Altar/Engine. Camille Henrot’s tar-, sand- and epoxy-crusted installation Augmented Objects considers not how things are made but how they are .