The Whitney Presents ‘At The Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism’

 

 

 

Installation view of At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, May 4, 2022-January 2023). From left to right: Georgia O’Keeffe, Black and White, 1930; William Zorach, Woods in Autumn, 1913; Agnes Pelton, Sea Change, 1931; Henrietta Shore, Trail of Life, 1923. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

The Whitney Museum of American Art presents At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism, an exhibition of over sixty works by more than forty-five artists that highlights the complexity of American art produced between 1900 and 1930. The exhibition showcases how American artists responded to the realities of a rapidly modernizing period through an array of abstract styles and media. At the Dawn of a New Age features artworks drawn primarily from the Whitney’s collection, including new acquisitions and works that have not been on view at the Museum for decades. The exhibition provides a broader perspective on early twentieth-century American modernism by including well-known artists like Marsden Hartley, Oscar Bluemner, Elie Nadelman, Charles Burchfield, Aaron Douglas, and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as groundbreaking, historically overlooked artists like Henrietta Shore, Charles Duncan, Yun Gee, Manierre Dawson, Blanche Lazzell, Ben Benn, Isami Doi, and Albert Bloch.

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