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Lecture Series: Art and Music for a New Democracy

Free Event at Albuquerque Museum


Aug 07, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


The final lecture in the series presented by Museum Director, Andrew Connors and inspired by the exhibition, Making American Artists:  Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1776-1976.

American Art toward "the American Century"

The United States political experiment elevated the arts to extreme independence and seemingly unbounded creativity. In the 20 years between 1910 and 1930, when the US became the world’s most powerful nation, the hybridity of heritage rooted in our national constitution finally broadly influenced national visual and musical culture. Music of southern Black communities and Eastern European Jews shaped experimental and popular music. In the visual arts, immigration after World War I brought new aesthetics from Europe, and traditional styles from throughout the rest of the world inspired artists to find the “Americanness” in our own diverse communities. By the mid-20th century, United States artists and composers attracted international attention.  That innovation continues to shock and inspire the global creative community.


Lecture Series: Art and Music for a New Democracy

Edward L. Loper (American, 1916-2011) Sunday Afternoon, 1948 Oil on Canvas 20 x 24 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and Edward Loper Sr. Gift of Dr. George J. Roth, 1970.34 Photograph by Barbara Katus


Elizabeth Becker