THE ARTS SOCIETY CHELTENHAM
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24 April 2018A Day at the Ashmolean - Cool Modernism American Art 1915-1940
29 May 2018One Man : Two Gardens

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A Day at the Ashmolean - Cool Modernism American Art 1915-1940
Tuesday 24 April 2018

The Ashmolean Museum and the Terra Foundation for American Art have joined together to present “Cool Modernism – American Art 1915-1940”. An exhibition of artist’s works that have rarely or never been seen outside the USA, they were described as ‘cool’ in the 1920s and 1930s when the word signified ‘restrained’ rather than ‘hip’. This was the era of Speakeasies, Scott Fitzgerald, the Jazz Age – an era that we know and hear much about and yet for most of us it’s artists are unfamiliar.

The exhibition includes paintings by two well-known painters - Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper and also other artists who are well known in the USA but barely known elsewhere, their work remaining in American collections. The Metropolitan Museum in New York is sending a group of 18 paintings including the iconic “I Saw the Figure 5” by Charles Demuth which is now seen as a remarkable precursor to Pop Art, it is the “one picture so famous that practically every American knows it”.

The visit includes a ticket to the exhibition, also coffee on arrival and an introductory talk about the exhibition. We will then be free to view it at leisure, and explore the Ashmolean’s wonderful collections of Asian and Oriental Art, paintings, sculpture and of course the cornucopia that is the shop.

Lunch may be taken in the Rooftop Restaurant (01865 553 823) or as a light snack in the Café. The famous (Morse) Randolph Hotel is just across the road for a memorable Afternoon Tea; the many other delights of Oxford are just a short walk away …

The cost per person is £32.00 including the entrance, coffee, talk, coach travel and tips.

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