The Making of an American Style: American Painting of the Early 20th Century
Wednesdays, October 7–28 (4 sessions)
Saturdays, October 10–31 (4 sessions)
In the years that followed World War I, American artists expressed renewed interest in defining an aesthetic vernacular distinctly their own. The International Exhibition of Modern Art, held at the US National Guard Armory in 1913, introduced many Americans to European modern art for the first time. As a result, the exhibition opened the door for artists to explore styles that reached beyond academic art, which had largely governed art production throughout much of the 18th and 19th centuries. By confronting the economic realities of the Great Depression, as well as the increasing difficulties posed by the nation's rapid urbanization, American artists found fresh perspective in their day-to-day circumstances. To better understand this vibrant period of creative expression, join art historian Isaac King as he explores early 20th century art through the work of John Sloan, Robert Henri, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Sheeler, Charles Demuth, Georgia O'Keefe, Grant Wood, and Edward Hopper.
About the Instructor:
Isaac King is an art historian specializing in American art. His research interests include pictorial representation, visual knowledge, and distributed agency. He is currently writing his dissertation on the changing standards of authenticity in the emerging tradition of American national portraiture as an arts and science fellow at the University of Pittsburgh.