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America After the Fall at Art Institute

American art of the 1930s on display


Some of America’s most prolific artists created their most iconic works during the 1930s, a period marked by the Great Depression and before the country got fully immersed in World War II. Artists like Grant Wood, Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keefe reacted to the financial hardships many Americans faced while nations abroad were dealing with the rise in fascism. Works like “American Gothic,” “Gas,” and “Cow’s Skull: Red, White and Blue,” helped create a new modernism. The exhibit, on display through Sept. 18, features 50 classic works that define American art during that troubling decade.

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