On Friday, June 14, the Ringling Museum will open its American Moderns exhibition to the public, featuring the work of American modernists such as Norman Rockwell, George O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Joseph Stella, Milton Avery and many more. Organized and co-curated by the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibit will remain open through September 8 in the Ringling’s Arthur F. and Ulla R. Searing Wing.
“What we have in these galleries are artists working in what I think is one of the most exciting times in American history,” says Matthew McLendon, Ringling’s curator of modern and contemporary art. “During these decades, we have the first World War, the second World War, the Great Depression and the rapid urbanization and industrialization of America. As you walk through the thematic groupings of the exhibition, you’ll see how artists with very different visions and very different voices are responding to these great societal upheavals. I think that’s what’s most exciting about this exhibition–seeing, in a very condensed way, the enormous amount of innovation, evolution and productivity in the American art scene during this time.”
We got a preview of the exhibition earlier this week; here are some of the artists whose work you’ll see in it. For more information, visit www.ringling.org.