Martin Lewis (American, 1881-1962)
Subway Steps, 1930
Collection of Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly
© Estate of Martin Lewis

Telling American History: Realism from the Print Collection of Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly

August 31, 2013 - December 1, 2013

The exhibition features over 40 prints covering a 62-year span from 1905 through 1967. All of the prints are from the collection of Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly of Redding, Connecticut. 

The realism movement had both an artistic and literary focus in America, emerging at the turn of the 20th century.  Artists captured images of modern society as it quickly changed around them. Works featured are by:

  • George Bellows (1882-1925)
  • Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)
  • Edward Hopper (1882-1967)
  • Martin Lewis (1881-1962)
  • Reginald Marsh (1898-1954)
  • John Sloan (1871-1951)
  • Benton Murdoch Spruance (1904-1967)
  • Stow Wengenroth (1906-1978)
  • Grant Wood (1891-1942)

Arranged thematically, the exhibition presents images of :

  • urban development during the beginning of the 20th century
  • the array of available modern recreational outlets
  • the dominating rise of transportation and industry
  • the stark contrast of concurrent life in rural America

Although these artists fall into various artistic schools and styles, including the Ashcan school and American Scene, they all approached their subject matter through the lens of realism.

The exhibition is supported by Sylvia and Leonard Marx, Jr., the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, and a grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council, Inc.

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