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Modern Art’s Long Journey to America

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ClassGraphic America’s hate-love relationship with modern art raged for 30 years, when anything smacking of descending nudes or cubes was despised and, worse, not purchased. Art Institute of Chicago students rioted. Parisian dealers dealt with appreciative Germans instead. We will explore the five tough men and one rich woman it took to bring modern art to America. Picasso’s War, How Modern Art Came To America by Hugh Eakin (Crown, 2022), one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2022, tells chapter by chapter how a secretive Manhattan lawyer, a wily art dealer, Museum of Modern Art's first director Albert Barr, Edith Rockefeller, and the great cubist himself finally convinced Americans to welcome art of the 20th century. Join us to discuss the machinations of bringing Picasso, Braque, Matisse, and other modern artists to galleries and museums from sea to shining sea.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Thu

500 Davis Center

Margot Wallace 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/9/2023 - 6/8/2023 Weekly - Thu 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Margot Wallace 
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