ANDOVER — The Industrial Revolution began in England, which never really embraced it. In writing of “dark Satanic Mills,” William Blake articulated a national attitude that has endured for more than two centuries. America, at least until recently, has had fewer qualms.
With a continent to tame and huddled masses eager to unhuddle alongside assembly lines, this country viewed industry more with excitement and wonder than fear and trembling. Each of those responses, and others besides, is on display in “Industrial Strength: Selections from the Collection.” It opens Saturday at the Addison Gallery of American Art and runs through April 13.