Opening Lecture: Realism After the War

October 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Virginia Mecklenburg, Chief Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

In 1952, Edward Hopper and 40 other figurative painters formed a group to repudiate the art world’s adoration of Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, and others who dripped and poured paint. Virginia Mecklenburg’s talk will feature paintings by Hopper, Paul Cadmus, Norman Rockwell, and others whose realist canvases shifted the conversation about art in the years following World War II.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Modern American Realism.

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Jacob Lawrence, Escape, 1967.
Jacob Lawrence (born Atlantic City, N.J. 1917; died Seattle, Wash., 2000), Escape, 1967. Brush-and-ink, pen-and-ink, crayon, and pencil on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the Sara Roby Foundation.