‘Art of Real New York: Edward Hopper and Mid-Century Modern’ Webinar
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In the first half of the 20th century, New York City bustled its way to global powerhouse status through optimism, technological innovations, and moxie — but not everyone experienced this same exuberance. This is the story of the modern artists who depicted mid-century people’s lives — particularly, their experience of the city as strange and off putting.
Join New York Adventure Club for the sixth part of a multi-part series that explores the impact of art throughout NYC and beyond. In this part, we look through the eyes of mid-century figurative artists to experience urban anxiety in times not so different from our own.
Led by Rena Tobey, American Art Historian and Professor at NYU’s School for Professional Studies, our artistic deep dive will include:
- Dissecting images by mid-century figurative artists, including Edward Hopper, George Tooker, and Bernard Perlin
- An exploration of how these artists subverted narrative art conventions to create instability
- An overview of immediate post-World War II figurative art that unveils those unsettled times
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Rena — any and all questions about these artworks are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually!
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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week
The Art of Real New York Series
Part 1 – Forming the Metropolis
Part 2 – Gilded Age and its Underbelly
Part 3 – Finding Her Way
Part 4 – Women and Their Salons
Part 5 – Picturing the Depression
Part 6 – Mid-Century Modern
Part 7 – Civil War and its Aftermath
Part 8 – Harlem Renaissance
Rena Tobey is an American art historian whose passion centers on making art accessible, insightful, and fun. She teaches at NYU’s School for Professional Studies and conducts lively, interactive tours of museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, and the American Folk Art Museum. Rena’s research and writing centers on American women artists working before 1945, with particular interest in the challenges they faced in bucking societal norms.
“Very well organized, intelligently presented with an engaging and charming manner” -Debra
“I liked the presenter’s passion and knowledge about subject. Very interesting topic. Excellent gripping presentation. Audience Interaction stimulating.” -Katharine
“Informative & interesting. Very good speaker. An excellent teacher.” -Ellen
“The subject matter is wonderful and Rena is a great teacher. I have taken classes/tours/lectures with her and am never disappointed. The best!” -Elizabeth
“It was so well organized and presented, along with great information and charm” -Joan
“Rena is wonderful lecturer. Fascinating detail and insight.” -Patricia
“Just to say…Thank you! It was MOST enjoyable!! It was wonderful to have a change from TV & reading during this Stay at Home period. “It was a lovely walk thru history! Rena did a great presentation.” -Kathleen
“This was just an excellent session. I learned so much, and look forward to look up more info on the artists.” -TaylaBuy tickets/get more info now