At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism
A new exhibit by The Whitney Museum of American Art
Exhibition on View
May 7, 2022-January 2023
The Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, between Washington and West streets in New York City
M, W, TH: 10:30am-6pm F: 10:30am-10pm S, SU: 11am-6pm Closed Tuesday
The Whitney Museum of American Art unveiled their newest exhibition, “At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism,” on view from May 7, 2022 through January 2023. Curated by Barbara Haskell, the exhibit brings together works by both lesser-known artists and famous modernists, focusing on creations between 1900 and 1930. The exhibit aims to reveal how artists relied upon abstraction as a reaction to the unprecedented and fast paced modernization of society at the time, as well as broaden the scope of crucial artists in modernism.
The exhibit mainly draws artwork from the collection of the Whitney, highlighting rare works and new pieces that have been acquired by the museum. Housed in the Museum’s eighth-floor Hurst Family gallery, over 45 artists and over 60 works are represented across a variety of media, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, photos, and woodcuts.
Featured artists include Henrietta Shore, Charles Duncan, Yun Gee, Manierre Dawson, Blache Lazzell, Ben Benn, Isami Doi, and Albert Bloch, as well as famed names in modernism such as Marsden Hartley, Oscar Bluemner, Elie Nadelman, Charles Burchfield, Aaron Douglas, and Georgia O’Keeffe.
“By bringing together familiar icons, works that have been in storage for decades, and new acquisitions, At the Dawn of a New Age gives us an opportunity to reassess how we tell the story of this period of American art and celebrate its complexity and spirit of innovation.”
Visit The Whitney to understand how these artists channeled the progress, modernity, and optimism of the new age into experimental art that valued harmony and emotion- art that is distinctly American.