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American Scene Painting [Event Cancelled] (Closed)

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Course Description:

American Scene Painting signified a tendency for American artists to move away from abstraction and the avant-garde toward a romanticized view of small-town America. It was a reaction against the urban materialism which was often blamed for the Great Depression. In some cases, it was a search for identity and comfort in an increasingly isolating and dollar-driven culture. And it was a uniquely American style. We’ll explore both the works of “rural” artists like George Caleb Bingham and Grant Wood, as well as some of the social realists such as New York’s Ashcan School and Harlem Renaissance artists. We’ll also discuss the use of comfy American images during election years.


Tuition: $10.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

Registration Closed


Wednesday, Mar. 25 *10:00am - noon* (1 session)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Lila Staples Thorsen, Ph.D., retired from teaching in, and chairing, the Visual and Public Art Department at CSUMB. Her scholarly focus is museum studies.