The Modernists

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 CollegeReading Public MuseumSamek Art Museum at Bucknell UniversityThe David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, and ACA Galleries, NYC.

Plan Your Visit

Exhibition Details

On View: October 10, 2020 – May 16, 2021

Gallery: Beverlee and Bill Lehr Gallery

Exhibiting Artists: Reference List Below

Sponsored by: UPMC


Karel Appel
Milton Avery
William Baziotes
Gustav Kurt Beck
Max Beckmann
Albert Bloch
Julius Bloch
Georges Braque
David Burliuk
Marc Chagall
Antoni Clavé
Robert Fremont Conover
Werner Drewes
Abraham Peter Hankins
Leon N. Hicks
Felrath Hines
Victoria Ebbels Hudson Huntley
Luis Jiménez
Wassily Kandinsky

Gustav Klimt
Käthe Kollwitz
Fernand Léger
Jack Levine
Andre L’Hote
James McBey
Joan Miró
Henry Moore
Edo Murtić
Man Ray
Josip Restek
Peter L. Robinson, Jr.
Egon Schiele
Benton Murdoch Spruance
Alma Thomas
Charles White
Ben Wilson
N.C. Wyeth

Intern Spotlight

Degenerate Art – Hitler’s Revenge on Modernism, by Cole Wanner, Summer 2020 Exhibitions Intern

Virtual Overview

Member’s Preview Tour

Thursday, October 8, 2020
6:00 pm

Member’s Preview Tour

Friday, October 9, 2020
6:00 pm

Art + History Discussion

Sunday, October 25, 2020
3:00 pm
Led by Michael Neiberg, Ph.D. – The Art Sale at the End of the World – View recorded event here.  View the subsequent Q&A Session here.

Inspired by Art: A Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday, October 31, 2020
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Art + History Discussion

Sunday, November 15, 2020
3:00 pm
Led by Tara Tappert, Ph.D. – The Dark Side of the Moon (Modern Art techniques as responses to war trauma) – View recorded event here.View the subsequent Q&A Session here.

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. 
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