American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe MoMA


Edward Hopper. House by the Railroad. 1925. Oil on canvas, 24 x 29

exhibition in MoMA, until 26 January 2014.
American Modern takes a fresh look at the museum’s holdings of American art made between 1915 and 1950, and considers the cultural preoccupations of a rapidly changing American society in the first half of the 20th century. Including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, the show brings together some of the most celebrated masterworks, contextualising them across mediums and amid lesser-seen but revelatory works by artists who expressed compelling emotional and visual tendencies. The selection depicts subjects as diverse as urban and rural landscapes, scenes of industry, still-life compositions, and portraiture, and is organised thematically, with visual connections trumping strict chronology.