This four-week course offers an in-depth exploration of Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time. By focusing on select works within the exhibition each week, detailed attention will be given to the stylistic and thematic choices of the artists, as well as the historical context in which the works were produced. We will explore the development of different modes of realism in American art in the early twentieth century, and the rise of the city and urban life as a subject for this group of painters. This class includes exclusive access to the galleries when the Museum is closed to the public.
Instructor: Michael Lobel. Lobel is Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the M.A. Program in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism, and Theory at Purchase College, State University of New York. He is the author of Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art (Yale University Press, 2002) and James Rosenquist: Pop Art, Politics and History in the 1960s (University of California Press, 2009). He is currently writing a book on John Sloan, the Ashcan School, and popular illustration.
Four Wednesdays: November 3, 10, 17, and December 1