From Pollock to Pop: Abstract Expressionism in Post-War America with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

From Pollock to Pop: Abstract Expressionism in Post-War America with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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How did the style and substance of art shift in the wake of World War II? Focusing on the leading artistic figures in the U.S. between 1945 and 1970, this seminar paints the picture of how art evolved in post-war American art.

 

Exploring the evolution of art, artists, and critics in the 25 years following the second world war, we will explore the emergence of Abstract Expressionists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and many others. We’ll uncover how these artists paved the way for subsequent Pop artists' treatment of consumer and celebrity culture, as seen in works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and more. Alongside key artworks, this conversation will introduce some of the key critics of the 1950s and 1960s, such as Harold Rosenberg and Clement Greenberg, along with the exhibitions and other venues that first launched these movements for the American public.

 

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art and architecture, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will revisit the main themes, styles, and trends that became popular in the twenty-five years following the end of the Second World War. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation of these touchstone movements in postwar American art history as well as enthusiasm for upcoming exhibitions, such as Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror, the retrospective to be mounted jointly by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in fall 2021.

 

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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