Immigration was a powerful driving force that influenced Modernism, education, and art in the 1920s and 1930s.

Immigrant Family Arriving at Ellis Island - taking in the one sight that all immigrants arriving at Ellis Island anxiously waited to see: 'Lady Liberty' herself - The Statue of Liberty.

In 1912, after pursuing a career teaching art, O'Keeffe attended drawing classes at the University of Virginia's summer school. Her teacher, Alon Bement, professed an innovative teaching style that was heavily influenced by the artist Arthur Wesley Dow. While teaching at Columbia College in South Carolina in 1915, O'Keeffe began to experiment with Dow's theory of self-exploration through art. She took natural forms, such as ferns, clouds and waves, and began a small series of charcoal…

Press release from the Art Gallery of New South Wales website . Alfred Stieglitz 'Georgia O'Keeffe: a portrait' 1918 platinum photograph x

April 4-April 22, 1938  Children's Work exhibit at NY MOMA

Museum of Modern Art - My favorite place in NYC . It is recognized as one of the most influential museums of modern art in the world.

Arthur Dove, Dancing Willows, 1944.   Self-Expression and Individualism are another unifying theme of modernism.

softpyramid: “ Arthur Dove Dancing Willows, about 1944 oil and wax on canvas 27 x 35 inches ”

New York Armory Show of 1913 - International Exhibition of Modern Art was the first large exhibition of such works in America. The exhibit challenged and changed both the academic and public definition and attitude toward art, and by doing so altered the course of history for American artists. Marking the end of one era and the beginning of another, The Armory Show shattered the provincial calm of American art. It rocked the public and blasted the academies of painting and sculpture.

New York Armory Show of 1913 - International Exhibition of Modern Art was the first large exhibition of such works in America. The exhibit challenged and changed both the academic and public definition and attitude toward art, and by doing so altered the course of history for American artists. Marking the end of one era and the beginning of another, The Armory Show shattered the provincial calm of American art. It rocked the public and blasted the academies of painting and sculpture.


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