A broad overview of modern and contemporary American art, this exceptional exhibition brings together some 100 works - paintings, sculptures, videos and photographs - created by more than 85 different artists. It covers the period from 1910 to the present day, when New York is asserting itself as one of the world's art capitals, and offers a significant proportion of works by women and African-Americans.
The scenario is based on a sociological approach, proposing to establish links between artistic creation and the major moments that punctuate the history of the United States in the 20th century, in order to better understand how the history of art is linked to social history and the cultural context.
The exhibition shows how artists helped define the American dream,
while describing the vagaries of consumer society and the star system.
It addresses essential themes such as the art of minorities, the representation of territory and the challenges of globalization. It also highlights new media and presents engaged practices, in line with the movement for the recognition of civil rights and feminism.
The exhibition brings together many of the most famous artists of the 20th century, as well as some lesser-known ones, who constitute beautiful discoveries. Major artists represented include Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Philip Guston, the Guerrilla Girls, David Hockney, Edward Hopper, Arthur Jafa, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Ana Mendieta, Grandma Moses, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Ben Shahn, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol.
An exhibition organized by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, presented exclusively in Quebec City.
Credit: Edward Hopper, Hotel by a Railroad, circa 1952. Oil on canvas, 79,4 x 101,9 cm, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966 © 2021 Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / SOCAN