American Moderns, 1910-1960

Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing Gallery

Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the fifty-three paintings and four sculptures featured in this exhibition from the Brooklyn Museum were produced by the most well-known artists from 1910-1960 including Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Grandma Moses, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture.

Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. Many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context. The exhibition is organized in interpretive groupings by themes such as the city, the body, landscape, still life, and Americana, all of which explore the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity.

American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell has been organized by the Brooklyn Museum. 

Learn more about Reynolda Moderns, a complementary exhibition featuring work in the Museum’s collection by the same artists from the same time period as those in American Moderns

Image credits:
Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887-1986). 2 Yellow Leaves (Yellow Leaves), 1928. Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 1/8 in. (101.6 x 76.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Georgia O’Keeffe, 87.136.6. 

Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943). Summer Clouds and Flowers, 1942. Oil on fabricated board, 22 x 28 in. (55.9 x 71.1 cm). © Estate of Marsden Hartley, Yale University Committee on Intellectual Property. Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.19.

George Wesley Bellows (American, 1882-1925). The Sand Cart, 1917. Oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 44 1/16 in. (76.8 x 111.9 cm). Frame: 38 5/8 x 52 3/4 in. (98.1 x 134 cm). Brooklyn Museum, John B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 24.85.