American Art Before WWII
"What I have in mind is that art may be bad, good or indifferent, but, whatever adjective is used, we must call it art, and bad art is still art in the same way that a bad emotion is still an emotion." - Marcel Duchamp

 
Thesis Proposals due on Blackboard Monday, September 9

 

 

 
Oskar Schlemmer, Triadisches Ballett (Triadic Ballet), 1922.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bar at the Folies-Bergere

The term "modernism"
develops out of the avant-garde

Modernism = philosophy that affirms the power of human beings to make, improve, deconstruct and reshape their lives, with the aid of scientific knowledge, technology and practical experimentation.  Rooted in urban culture, where leisure activities as welll as daily necessities are available commercially, modernity refers to the condition of post-industrial, capitalist society. Associated with ideas of progress and novelty, modernism reflects the dominant ethos of a society in which consumption plays a central role in one's daily activities. Because of its capitalist base, modernity emphasizes change and continual improvement often at the expense of the worker.

Edouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, 1881 - 1882.