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Learning Series Lectures in Contemporary Art: America and Utopia—Artist’s Visions in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries

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This two-part course taught by Whitney Teaching Fellow Paula Burleigh will explore ideas of “American-ness,” American culture, and the American Dream in twentieth century and contemporary art. The current exhibitions Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE and T. J. Wilcox: In the Air will serve as anchors for the discussion. Both Indiana and Wilcox address a constellation of ideals related to the so-called American Dream, including progress, freedom, and self-determination, creating work in which affirmation and critique—utopic and dystopic visions—exist side by side. For both artists, technology, in its promising and darker possibilities is closely tied to notions of American culture and society. Both artists also look to history for perspective on the present. Lecture, gallery talks, and discussion will survey these and other themes from the moment of 1950s Pop art through contemporary developments.

Learning Series members are invited to select one two-part course:

Option 1:
Thursdays, October 17 and 24, 7:30–9 pm
Option 2: Saturdays, November 16 and 23, 4:30–6 pm
Option 3: Sundays, December 8 and 15, 11:30 am–1 pm

Open to Learning Series members. Become a member, or upgrade your membership by calling (212) 570-3641.

Robert Indiana (b. 1928), The American Gas Works, 1962. Oil on canvas, 60 × 48 in. (152.4 × 121.9 cm). Museum Ludwig, Cologne. ©2013 Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Robert Indiana (b. 1928), The American Gas Works, 1962. Oil on canvas, 60 × 48 in. (152.4 × 121.9 cm). Museum Ludwig, Cologne. ©2013 Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York