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Urban Impressions: New York City in Prints, 1900–1940

Early twentieth-century New York City—with its increasingly diverse populace, expanding skyline, and changed public mores—made modern life in the metropolis a place of interest for artists working in a variety of media.

Introduction

Early twentieth-century New York City—with its increasingly diverse populace, expanding skyline, and changed public mores—made modern life in the metropolis a place of interest for artists working in a variety of media. The group of print artists featured in this exhibition resisted the growing popularity of abstraction, choosing instead to commit themselves to representing the human figure in the urban environment. Made with etching needles, burnishers, plate, and stone and featuring people at work, at play and on the move, the resulting prints offer us an intriguing glimpse of a rapidly changing America.

Curated by Sarah Freshnock ’17 in collaboration with Dana Byrd, assistant professor of art history, Bowdoin College.

Works in the Exhibition

"Smokehounds," 1935, etching by Reginald Marsh. Museum Purchase; Barbara Cooney Porter Fund. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Smokehounds," 1935, etching by Reginald Marsh. Museum Purchase; Barbara Cooney Porter Fund. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Visiting the Exhibition

March 30, 2017 - July 9, 2017

    Markell Gallery