What’s Happening – April

What’s Happening
November 2011

_- [2]Youth and Beauty_
2. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/youth_beauty

_- [3]Thursdays @ 7_
3. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/index.php?event_type=Thursday

_- [4]Target First Saturdays_
4. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php

_- [5]Also on view_
5. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions

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_Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties_

_Through January 29, 2012_

Luigi Lucioni (American, 1900-1988). _Paul Cadmus_ (detail), 1928.
Oil on canvas, Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 2007.28

This major exhibition of 138 paintings, sculptures, and photographs is the
first wide-ranging exploration of American art from the decade between the
end of World War I and the onset of the Great Depression.
American life was dramatically transformed during the 1920s. American
artists responded to this dizzying modern world with works that embraced a
new brand of idealized realism to evoke a seemingly perfect modern world.
The twenties saw a vigorous renewal of figurative art that melded
uninhibited body-consciousness with classical ideals. While images of the
modern body proliferated, artists depicted American places and objects as
distilled and largely uninhabited arrangements of pristine forms.
Encompassing the work of sixty-seven artists, _Youth and Beauty_ celebrates
this striking and original modern art and questions its relation to the
riotous decade from which it emerged.
The exhibition begins with an array of figurative art, including realist
portraits, naturally erotic figure subjects, and heroic types. Throughout
the decade motion pictures, advertising, an interest in the healthy body,
and the theories of Sigmund Freud contributed to an era of physical
liberation, sensuality, and a near obsession with bodily perfection. Many
artists celebrated the modern physical ideal in nude subjects that pictured
the newly exposed body. Some responded to the rising influence of urban
black culture with representations of the idealized black body. Included are
works by George Wesley Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Alfred Stieglitz, John
Steuart Curry, Luigi Lucioni, Imogen Cunningham, and Romaine Brooks.
Subsequent galleries showcase subjects as diverse as still life and
industrial and natural landscapes while highlighting their shared qualities
of compositional refinement and muted expression. Included here are works by
Charles Demuth, Charles Sheeler, George Ault, Edward Hopper, Ansel Adams,
and Georgia O’Keeffe.

The exhibition has been organized by the Brooklyn Museum and will travel to
the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, and to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio.

Sponsored by DLA Piper

_Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties_ is also made possible by
the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Exhibition Fund, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J.
Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the
Wyeth Foundation for American Art, the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen
Foundation, Inc., Sotheby’s, the Norman M. Feinberg Exhibition Fund, and an
anonymous donor.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the
Arts and the Humanities.

The accompanying catalogue is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the
National Endowment for the Arts, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz
Foundation for the Arts, Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and
by a Brooklyn Museum publications endowment established by the Iris and B.
Gerald Cantor Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


_Thursdays @ 7 _

[6]BrooklyNites Jazz
November 17
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks play jazz from the Roaring Twenties and
early thirties. Wear your dancing shoes!
6. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/index.php?event_type=Thursday

_Target First Saturdays

November 5: Sanford Biggers
November’s Target First Saturday celebrates the exhibition Sanford Biggers:
Sweet Funk-An Introspective. Taking cues from Biggers’ work, the programs
combine diverse influences into a night of sweet funk.
7. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php

Also on View

[8]Raw/Cooked: Lan Tuazon
_November 4__-January 15, 2012_
[9]Raw/Cooked: Kristof Wickman
_Through November 27_[10]
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: The Latino List
_Through December 11_
[11]Eva Hesse Spectres 1960
_Through January 8, 2012_
8. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/raw_cooked_tuazon
9. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/raw_cooked_wickman
10. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/latino_list
11. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/eva_hesse

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