The Ashcan School: Urban Realism in Early 20th Century American Painting
After early careers in Philadelphia, a group of artists moved to New York where they redefined themselves as a new American avant-garde. Their topic was urban life. They were an alternative to more staid, conventional painting of the period. Unable to exhibit in established venues, the group conceived of an alternative so successful it set in motion events leading to the famous Armory Show of 1913.
Presented by Timothy Garvey, Professor Emeritus, Art History, Illinois Wesleyan University