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Courses & Workshops

American Abstract Art: O’Keeffe to the Present

This eight-week course investigates key movements and artists with particular focus on the historical origins of abstract art and on significant models of abstraction as they developed in the twentieth century and continue to develop today. We will explore topics ranging from the emergence of nonrepresentational painting to the persistence of abstraction in contemporary art. The course includes two downtown gallery tours.

Suzanne Hudson is Assistant Professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in residence at the Phillips Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art, Washington, DC. She is co-founder of the Contemporary Art Think Tank and president of the College Art Association-affiliated Society of Contemporary Art Historians. A regular contributor to Artforum, she is the author of Robert Ryman: Used Paint (MIT Press, 2009).  

Daytime session: 11 am–12:30 pm or
Evening session: 7–8:30 pm

Georgia O’Keeffe, No. 8—Special (Drawing No. 8), 1916. Charcoal on paper mounted on cardboard, 24 1/4 × 18 7/8 in. (61.6 × 47.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Altschul Purchase Fund 85.52

Georgia O’Keeffe, No. 8—Special (Drawing No. 8), 1916. Charcoal on paper mounted on cardboard, 24 1/4 × 18 7/8 in. (61.6 × 47.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Altschul Purchase Fund 85.52