During the early to mid-20th century, artists witnessed, documented, and even participated in two devastating world wars. The aftermath of the collective trauma the world experienced changed the trajectory of creative culture forever. As a result, artists rejected the realism favored by their predecessors and experimented with new subjects, techniques, and media to portray the post-war world as they saw it. This half-century movement toward abstraction came to be known as Modernism.
The Modernists: Witnesses to the 20th Century, curated by the Susquehanna Art Museum, features works by a variety of Modern artists from around the world, drawn from museum and private collections across the United States. The exhibition illustrates the development of the Modernist aesthetic and how artists worldwide broke from long-standing artistic traditions.
Artwork in this exhibition is on loan from Art Bridges, the Eric and Amy Huck Collection, Brandywine River Museum of Art, the Charles and Elizabeth Stone collection, The Trout Gallery at Dickinson College, Reading Public Museum, Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University, The David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, and ACA Galleries, NYC.
Plan Your Visit
On View: October 10, 2020 – May 16, 2021
Gallery: Beverlee and Bill Lehr Gallery
Exhibiting Artists: Reference List Below
Sponsored by: UPMC
Gustav Kurt Beck
Robert Fremont Conover
Abraham Peter Hankins
Leon N. Hicks
Victoria Ebbels Hudson Huntley
Peter L. Robinson, Jr.
Benton Murdoch Spruance
Degenerate Art – Hitler’s Revenge on Modernism, by Cole Wanner, Summer 2020 Exhibitions Intern
Member’s Preview Tour
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Member’s Preview Tour
Friday, October 9, 2020
Inspired by Art: A Creative Writing Workshop
Saturday, October 31, 2020
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Music in the Lehr Gallery
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Musician and educator Mark Hunsberger and a Jazz ensemble was recorded and a digital version will be available soon!
Inspired by Art: A Virtual Creative Writing Workshop (via Zoom)
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Led by professional poet and accomplished educator Maria James-Thiaw. Maria Thiaw, M.S., MFA directs the Creative Writing Program at the Capital Area School for the Arts. She is a published author, performance poet and playwright residing in Camp Hill, PA. In 2018 she founded Reclaim Artist Collective, an organization that provides affordable arts programming for marginalized communities.
Screening at Midtown Cinema
and Post Screening Discussion
Saturday, May 8th, 2021
Visit Albert Bloch’s painting Duell at The Modernists exhibition at the museum and then join us at Midtown Cinema for a featured screening of the documentary AB: The Life and Work of Albert Bloch. – Limited space available, RSVP required.