“American Modern” Opens this Weekend at MoMA

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Image: gaspi*yg via Flickr CC

New York City is home to numerous widely celebrated museums, many of which boast impressive permanent collections. You know you’re one of the most influential art museums in the world when you can use pieces from your own collection to create a perfectly cohesive, curated exhibition. That’s exactly what the Museum of Modern Art has done in organizing their upcoming exhibit titled, “American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe.”

“American Modern” is scheduled to run from Saturday, August 17th through Sunday, January 26th, 2014, making it one of MoMA’s most anticipated autumn installations. “Drawn from MoMA’s collection, American Modern takes a fresh look at the Museum’s holdings of American art made between 1915 and 1950, and considers the cultural preoccupations of a rapidly changing American society in the first half of the 20th century,” the museum’s website explains. The exhibit will include drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, bringing together some of MoMA’s most celebrated pieces.

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1936 Painting by Georgia O’Keeffe
Image: Almond Dhukka via Flickr CC

The exhibit will allow for contextualization between the diverse selection of artworks, expressing the emotional and visual patterns of the years between 1915 and 1950, a revolutionary time in our country. Those years carry an incredible amount of transformation, both social and political, in which war, class, gender norms, and racial issues were reaching an intersection of great change.

Among the varied mediums of art represented will be an even richer assortment of subject matter depicted. The museum explains how “The selection of works depicts subjects as diverse as urban and rural landscapes, scenes of industry, still-life compositions, and portraiture,” all of which is organized thematically in the collection to showcase the varying styles the artists employ while concentrating on the same subject. You can expect to find works from George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, among many other celebrated American artists.

Visit the Museum of Modern Art’s “American Modern” exhibition page to learn more about the new installation.


About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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