Before the Fall: Art of the American Twenties

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th floor

Before the Fall: Art of the American Twenties will present the first wide-ranging survey of American art from the period between the end of the World War I and the onset of the Great Depression. This exhibition will feature 130 artworks of painting, sculpture, and photography created by seventy-five artists.

Art Exhibition previously on at Brooklyn Museum of Art in United States.
From Friday 28 October 2011 to Sunday 22 January 2012

Published by Brooklyn Museum on Monday 03 May 2010.
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American life was fundamentally altered in the 1920s, as the full impact of urbanization, industrialization, and mechanization remade the American environment and the way people lived in it. Rather than representing such phenomena as clamorous urban streets or the comedy of flapper culture, however, American artists employed a modern brand of realism to present a seemingly serene and perfect world. Before the Fall will demonstrate their embrace of a progressive, idealized realism, visible in a resurgence of figuration and in highly distilled images of American places and objects.

The exhibition will celebrate this strikingly fresh and original modernist imagery and question its relation to the riotous decade from which it emerged.

Organization: This exhibition is organized by Teresa A. Carbone, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art, Brooklyn Museum.

Support: This exhibition is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tour: Venues to be announced.