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Inside Art: Modern Sculpture in America

June 26, 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.

In the early and mid 20th century, American sculptors were breaking down barriers. Paul Manship, Elie Nadelman, and Chester Beach applied inspiration from ancient classical sculpture to their modern, abstract figures, while Alexander Calder invented the mobile as kinetic art. William Zorach and John Flannagan made direct carvings, and others, such as Richmond Barthé, created sculptures that explored issues of race and identity. Folk arts also began receiving more attention and appreciation at this time, especially from academic artists searching for roots and uniqueness in America.

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