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150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series—Not for Victorian Drawing Rooms: American Art 1900–1945, Part I

With Curator of Education Mariann Smith

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 11:15 am

George Wesley Bellows (American, 1882–1925). Elinor, Jean and Anna, 1920. Oil on canvas, 59 x 66 inches (149.9 x 167.6 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Charles Clifton Fund, 1923.

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In the late nineteenth century, when Americans believed art should be beautiful and uplifting in both style and subject, Thomas Eakins shocked polite society with his paintings of scullers on Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River and medical surgeries. At the turn of the century, Eakins found his followers in artists like Robert Henri, George Wesley Bellows, and John Sloan, who—although they were mocked as the "Ashcan School" and the "Apostles of Ugliness"—believed that American art should come out of American experience and, in Henri’s words, express "the spirit of the people today."

About the 150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series

This lecture series, held every two years in conjunction with the Education Department’s docent training course, will cover the history of art from the mid-nineteenth century through 2012. Curator of Education Mariann Smith and Associate Curator of Education Nancy Spector will focus on works in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Collection as they cover both the art and the history of the past 150 years. The series continues through Saturday, March 16, 2013. Doors for all lectures open at 11 am. View Full Schedule