Tuesday, October 1, 2013

At MoMA, American Modern

Museum of Modern Art, NYC
American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe
August 17, 2013, through January 26, 2014

Ben Shahn, Head of a Welder, 1940

With work from 1915 to 1950 the show is arranged thematically featuring artists “who expressed compelling emotional and visual tendencies of the time.” The show is tame and calm, too calm for some perhaps, but still it was great to see work by Louis Lozowick and Ben Shahn, as well as the dreamy images of Charles Burchfield and outlandish Paul Cadmus Greenwich Village Cafeteria, 1936. Literally  --  it was outside the doors going into the show and therefore unable to participate in the museum’s goal of “contextualizing” the works.
Paul Cadmus, Waiting for the Rehearsal, 1094