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See How the Country Has Transformed Over Time During the Making Modern America Exhibit

Consider the paradox of progress. Does the end, or outcome, justify the means? Philbrook Museum of Art presents Making Modern America. This exhibition examines this paradox of progress through the lens of American industry. It presents the many complex ways that artists working from 1910 to 1960 portrayed the social and environmental changes taking place during this pivotal period.

Featuring more than 60 paintings, photographs, design objects, and prints, Making Modern America includes works by iconic artists such as George Bellows, Charles Sheeler, Thomas Hart Benton, and Jacob Lawrence, as well as less-established names like Lucienne Bloch, Eldzier Cortor, and Doris Lee. More than half of the works in the exhibition are on loan from prestigious museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Columbus Museum of Art.

Making Modern America is presented in four sections: the rise of the modern city, industrial power, labor, and environmental impacts. Major cities like New York, as well as urban centers like Tulsa, flourished in this post-WWI cultural environment that celebrated technology, streamlined machinery, and modern styles in art and architecture. Rural areas were likewise transformed, as rails, roads, and power lines crisscrossed the country and factories and refineries joined shipyards and granaries to alter the look of the American landscape with man-made landmarks.

Philbrook is the debut and sole venue for this special exhibition, which is organized and curated by Catherine Whitney, Philbrook Chief Curator and Curator of American Art.

At Clairemont Park Apartments in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we pride ourselves on informing our residents about all the upcoming events our beautiful community has to offer. Don’t hesitate to join this event on Friday!

Event Time/Date:
Friday, March 29, 2019—9:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 South Rockford Road
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114

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