Character and Crisis: Printmaking in America, 1920-1950
Date and Time
Friday, September 14, 2012 – Friday, December 14, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries, Founders Hall
Opening Reception Friday, September 14, at 5 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12-4 p.m.; Thursday, 12-6 p.m.
Popular consciousness of the Depression-era has been shaped by American artists’ imagery. During this momentous time economic, political, and social upheaval found expression in popular prints—etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts—that were consumed by the public from, roughly, the stock market crash through the end of World War II.
Character and Crisis: Printmaking in America, 1920-1950 explores the themes and strategies that American artists deployed throughout three decades of intense activity. The exhibition features more than 50 examples of work by Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler, Thomas Hart Benton, Peggy Bacon, Isabel Bishop, Reginald Marsh, Martin Lewis and others. A long-term loan of prints from the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Ken Trevey Collection, provides the core works on display. That renowned cache of mid-century representational graphic art has been augmented by select loans from local public and private sources. USD’s presentation of this compelling work is timed to coincide with a city-wide celebration of American art, Behold America!, at the San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and the Timken Museum of Art throughout the fall of this year.