Life Magazine’s Key Role in the Promotion of American Modernism
January 29, 2011
Modernism Comes to the Americas, 1940–1960
Melissa Renn, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Associate, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums
Life magazine was a champion of American modernism, actively promoting the work of 20th-century artists and architects, including Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Neutra, and Frank Lloyd Wright. This lecture will explore the magazine’s surprising alliances with artists, architects, curators, and critics and discuss how such collaborations influenced both the public and the critical reception of American modernism.
In the Modernism Comes to the Americas, 1940–1960 series, three curators from the Harvard Art Museums will speak about the ways in which modernism spread from Paris to the Americas during World War II through the efforts of pioneering collectors and critics.
Free admission. Open to the public.