$200; members $180
About the Class
From his exquisite watercolors to the machine-age aesthetic of his precisionist style, Charles Demuth ably negotiated the contradictions of American modernism. He was deeply devoted to his hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but also a sophisticated world traveler who embraced the era’s vibrant new modes of entertainment, such as vaudeville, motion pictures, and jazz. This course explores how Demuth, along with Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Charles Sheeler, and others, worked to cultivate a distinctively American mode of modern art by applying avant-garde artistic principles to subjects plucked from the visual landscape of the early-20th-century United States.
Pauwels is an assistant professor of art history at Temple University, and a scholar of American art and material culture. Her recent publications examine Charles Demuth’s involvement with the Provincetown Players and the intersections between theater, celebrity, and the visual arts in the US.