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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. Including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, American Modern brings together some of the Museum’s most celebrated masterworks, contextualizing them across mediums and amid lesser-seen but revelatory works by artists who expressed compelling emotional and visual tendencies of the time.

The selection of works depicts subjects as diverse as urban and rural landscapes, scenes of industry, still-life compositions, and portraiture, and is organized thematically, with visual connections trumping strict chronology. Artists represented include George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, Alfred Stieglitz, and Andrew Wyeth, among many others. Far from an encyclopedic view of American art of the period, the exhibition is a focused look at the strengths and surprises of MoMA’s collection in an area that has played a major role in the institution’s history.

Organized by Kathy Curry, Assistant Curator for Research and Collections, and Esther Adler, Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings.

American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe

Ansel Adams, Ivan Le Lorraine Albright, George Ault, Matthew Rackham Barnes, George Wesley Bellows, Peter Blume, Margaret Bourke-White, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Ralston Crawford, Imogen Cunningham, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Edwin Dickinson, Preston Dickinson, Arthur Dove, Walker Evans, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Gaston Lachaise, Armin Landeck, Dorothea Lange, Clarence John Laughlin, Robert Laurent, Jacob Lawrence, Martin Lewis, Louis Lozowick, Man Ray, John Marin, Wright Morris, Gerald Murphy, Elie Nadelman, Georgia O´Keeffe, Paul Outerbridge, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, Niles Spencer, Edward Steichen, Ralph Steiner, Joseph Stella, Florine Stettheimer, Alfred Stieglitz, John Storrs, Paul Strand, Helen Torr, Max Weber, Edward Weston, Grant Wood, Hale Woodruff, Andrew Wyeth, William Zorach.

Kathy Curry, Esther Adler