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What Is Modernism?: Post-Impressionism, Cubism, and the Readymade

Thursday, July 11 | 6:00–7:30



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Marcel Duchamp

What should a work of art look like? What function should a work of art and the artist serve in society? These questions have long been debated, but the early 20th century marked a pivotal change in how artists and their audiences answered them. In a few short decades, long-held assumptions and standards about art shifted completely across Europe and the United States.

In the first session of this free three-session program, participants will learn about major innovations in European art and the international influences that inspired them.

“What is Modernism?” is a free, three-week class introducing participants of any experience level to the histories, stories, and ideas expressed in the Art Institute collection. This is the first of three sessions. 

about the facilitator

Kristen French is an assistant director in Gallery Activation. She facilitates learning, reflection, and critical engagement with art in the galleries of the Art Institute of Chicago. Outside of work, she enjoys all things outdoors that the Midwest has to offer.


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