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American Modernism: Selections from Permanent Collection

Opening day of exhibit.

When: Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, 11 a.m.

Where: S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: $6 - $9

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Art (opening)

Description:

American Modernism: Selections from the Permanent Collection
October 9, 2010 - January 2, 2011
To complement the An American Century exhibition, we have drawn on one of the strengths of the collection in modernist American art, and examined the ways in which American artists and audiences experienced modernity, in the crucial period between the World Wars. By the start of World War II, rapid changes in technology, cultural fashions and mass media, let alone economic upheavals, had erased much of nineteenth-century America from everyday experience. Reactions to these changes varied from whole-hearted embrace to complete rejection. In this exhibition we explore more ambivalent feelings, and contrasted the work of painters with photographers.

Major works range from Georgia O’Keeffe’s stark image of a dead tree to Annie Brigman’s photographs of female nudes, from Marion Post Wolcott’s enthusiastic dancers to Walt Kuhn’s assertive figure of Trude, a vaudeville performer. We conclude with a gallery devoted to the work of Alfredo Ramos Martinez, a Mexican artist who negotiated a career between Mexico and the United States, an indigenous past and Southern Californian realities.

Phone: 805-963-4364

Event posted Sept. 16, 2010
Last updated Sept. 16, 2010

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