Modernisms
Aug 29, 2007–Jan 13, 2008


Modernist artwork in a gallery at the Whitney Museum.

Installation view of Modernisms (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, August 29, 2007–January 13, 2008). Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

Modernisms, a fifth-floor presentation of works from the collection, looks mainly at artists working in the first half of the 20th century--George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Paul Cadmus, Alexander Calder, Ralston Crawford, Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, and John Sloan, among others--artists whose works, both figurative and abstract, pushed the margins of American art outward. This presentation reflects the multiple strands of modernism that characterize twentieth-century American art. Organized in a loose chronology and in broad historical categories, it recognizes that various "modernisms" overlap, crossover, and intermingle in subject matter, process, thought, and material.