This spring, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an exhibition exploring the creative responses of American artists following the rapid pace of change that occurred in the US during the early decades of the twentieth century. Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 looks at the new and dynamic visual language that emerged during this period, and its dramatic impact on painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, architecture, and the decorative arts.
These developments were shaped by the dizzying transformations that were occurring in every aspect of life, from the advent of the automobile and moving pictures to the rapid growth of American cities and the wrenching economic change brought on by the advent of the Great Depression after a decade of unprecedented prosperity. The show will feature important works by those artists – Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and John Marin, among them – championed by the great photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz, as well as many other notable figures of this period.
Modern Times will be drawn almost entirely from the Museum’s renowned collection, especially the gift from the Stieglitz Collection that it received in the late 1940s, and will contain some 160 works, several of which will be on view for the first time. It will open on 18 April and run until 3 September 2018.
The exhibition is accompanied by a new book, American Modernism: Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which will be available online via philamuseum.org or in the Museum Store from April 2018. Not to be missed.