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“Art and Technology”

Claes Oldenburg, Giant Ice Bag, 1969–70, polyvinyl, lacquered wood, mechanical and hydraulic components. Installation view, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1971. Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA.

THE TREACHERY OF IMAGES, 1929, is among the most iconic pictures produced in the twentieth century, but most people don’t know that this metatextual painting by René Magritte, depicting a pipe above the phrase CECI N’EST PAS UNE PIPE, is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It’s an ideal holding for the region’s largest and most comprehensive institution: The wit presages John Baldessari, the typography Ed Ruscha; the Foucauldian slippage between the real and the imaginary—well, that’s how SoCal rolls. The painting is also one of the last works you see before arriving at the gallery housing the show “From the Archives: Art and Technology at LACMA, 1967–1971,” which commemorates the pioneering exhibition launched by LACMA curator Maurice Tuchman to “bring together the incredible resources and advanced technology of industry with the equally

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