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Inside Art: Cubism in Europe

January 16, 2013
Fullerton Hall
$12 per member; $195 for full 17-lecture series

Trace the origins of modern art at the dawn of the 20th century in a year-long lecture series on the art historic roots and development of modernism in Europe and America. The year 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armory Show at the Art Institute, a traveling exhibition that served as the first exposure of many Americans to modern and abstract art. Coinciding with the exhibition Picasso and Chicago, this series will examine the artists and movements—such as Cubism, Fauvism and Dada—that caused a major stir a century ago.

Cubism marked a groundbreaking shift in artistic practices at the launch of the 20th century. Led by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, the artists associated with Cubism challenged the centuries-old tradition of making pictures that imitated the visible world, replacing that practice with new and at-times challenging methods of picture-making. Painting and sculpture were revitalized as a result of the Cubists' investigations into form and structure, leading to later innovations as other artists understood the revolutionary repercussions of this entirely different approach to making art.

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