THE MODERNISTS: WITNESSES TO THE 20TH
ON VIEW IN THE LEHR GALLERY OCTOBER 10, 2020 – JANUARY 17, 2021
Marc Chagall, L’Incendie dans La
Neige, 1940–1943, gouache, pastel, pencil on paper. On loan courtesy of the Eric and Amy Huck Collection.
During the early to mid-20th century, artists
witnessed, documented, and even participated in two devastating world wars. The aftermath of the collective trauma the world experienced changed the trajectory of creative culture forever. As a
result, artists rejected the realism favored by their predecessors and experimented with new subjects, techniques, and media to portray the post-war world as they saw it. This half-century movement
toward abstraction came to be known as Modernism.
Witnesses to the 20th Century, drawn from museum and private collections across the United States and curated by the Susquehanna Art Museum, features work by a variety
of Modern artists. The exhibition illustrates the development of the Modernist aesthetic and how artists worldwide broke from long-standing artistic traditions.