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Modern Dialect

Modern Dialect

June 6, 2014 – August 31, 2014

Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection, a striking new exhibition, opens at the Columbus Museum of Art June 6. The exhibition, on view through August 31, showcases American Modernist paintings from the 1920s to the beginning of World War II, a period marked by significant change and compounded by the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

The more than sixty artists featured in Modern Dialect hail from all parts of the United States, and painted wherever they found inspiration. These artists adhere to a common interest, more than to a single style, in portraying their realities in a decidedly modern fashion. The exhibition reveals the scope of the American modernist aesthetic in the early 20th century, and the vision and integrity each artist brought to the representation of the American experience – from rural landscapes to modern industrial cities (and the people who inhabit them) to purely abstracted compositions.

Organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Modern Dialect highlights works by some of the most respected American artists of the early twentieth century including Charles Burchfield, George Ault, Charles Sheeler, Marsden Hartley, and George Bellows, as well as re-introducing such fascinating artists as Clyde Singer, Lois Mabel Head, Arthur Osver, and many others.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 132-page, hardcover catalogue that features full-color reproductions of the featured works; each painting is accompanied by a catalogue entry written by Julie Pierotti, the exhibition’s curator, Dixon Director Kevin Sharp, and CMA American Curator M. Melissa Wolfe.

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“Modern Dialect should leave viewers positively captivated,” (Columbus Dispatch, June 15, 2014)

[Museums] have to show us something new, something different, and something unexpected. Modern Dialect does exactly that. It illustrates a place, a time, and a set of experiences in the way only painting can. Go see it. (Columbus Underground, June 6, 2014)

The Wall Street Journal calls Modern Dialect a “Don’t Miss.” (June 27, 2014)

Related Programs

Keith and Nadine Pierce Annual Lecture in American Art: SOLDOUT
Thursday June 5, 2014
6:30 PM
In conjunction with Modern Dialect American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection, join Melissa Wolfe, CMA Curator of American Art,  and John and Susan Horseman, for a conversation about how the Horseman’s began collecting, how  their collection has changed to reflect their interests, and how they have navigated the highs and lows of networking with dealers and curators. Admission is $5 for nonmembers and free for members. To guarantee a seat, please make reservations early here or by calling 614.629.0346. Please note the Pierce lecture is SOLDOUT.

The Art of Cuisine: Roaring ‘20s and Prohibition
Wednesday, August 6
6:00 – 9:00 PM The Kitchen, 231 Livingston Avenue
Join CMA Curator of American Art Melissa Wolfe and The Kitchen for a curated multi-course dinner party inspired by Modern Dialect, American Modernist paintings from the roaring 20s through prohibition and the beginning of World War II. Hear stories about the artistic interpretation of this American experience and the culinary inspiration behind each course served. Cash bar with artist inspired drinks will be available. $77 for nonmembers, Special Member price $69. Advance reservations are required, space is limited. Dietary restrictions must be mentioned at the time of reservations. Payment in full is due by August 1 and constitutes your reservation. No cancellation refunds will be made after August 1, 2013. Please call 614-629-0346.

Modern Dialect Tours
Check our calendar to find Learning to Look and Inside Story tours on Modern Dialect.

Modern Dialect CMA Photo Hunt Challenges
Get inspired by the work of these American modernist masters, then show off your creativity with our next series of CMA Photo Hunts. Share your photos on Instagram for the biweekly challenges. We’ll select our favorites, and your photo could be part of our next CMA Photo Hunt exhibition this fall. Details on the latest CMA Photo Hunts.

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Selected Modern Dialect Images