American Moderns, 1910 – 1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell

October 12, 2013 - January 5, 2014


Drawn from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned American art collection, this exhibition features 57 paintings and sculptures that highlight changes in American art and culture during the fascinating half-century from 1910 through 1960. The works of art on view were produced by leading artists of the day, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Grandma Moses, and Norman Rockwell. Complementing the Delaware Art Museum’s own holdings, American Moderns explores how American artists engaged modernity by creating cubist experiments, images of modern structures, Americana, and stylized renditions of traditional subjects such as landscapes and still-life arrangements.


This beautifully illustrated 128-page hardback book, with essays by Karen A. Sherry and Margaret Stenz, was published in conjunction with the traveling exhibition from the Brooklyn Museum. Presented in six exciting thematic sections—Cubist Experiments, The Still Life Revisited, Nature Essentialized, Modern Structures, Engaging Characters, and Americana—this book highlights fascinating shifts in American art and culture between 1910–1960. $22.50 for Museum Members, $25 for Non-Members.

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2 Yellow Leaves (Yellow Leaves), 1928
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)
Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 1/8 inches
Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Georgia O’Keeffe, 87.136.6

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Left to right:

Handsome Drinks, 1916
Marsden Hartley (1877-1943)
Oil on composition board, 24 x 20 inches
Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal, 72.3

Abraham Walkowitz, 1907
Max Weber (1881-1961)
Oil on canvas, 25 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches
Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Abraham Walkowitz, 44.65


The Sand Cart, 1917
George Wesley Bellows (1882-1925)
Oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 44 1/16 inches
Brooklyn Museum, John B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 24.85


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American Moderns, 1910–1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell has been organized by the Brooklyn Museum.

The Delaware Art Museum’s presentation of this exhibition was generously supported by the Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer American Art Exhibition Fund, DuPont, Wilmington Trust, and individual donors. Additional support was provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Hunt Magazine, Delaware Today, and Mainline Today are media partners.

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