American Modern, 1900-1950 | Newberry

American Modern, 1900-1950

Led by Margaret Farr. Six sessions 2 - 4 pm.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Thursdays, October 3 - November 7

2 - 4 pm

This class is full. Please call (312) 255-3700.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $230
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $253

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This class is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the waitlist.

Seminar Description

Beginning in 1900, the United States underwent a period of unprecedented social and technological change that would herald broad transformations in American society through the first half of the century. This course explores how American artists responded to explosive urban growth, industrial expansion, the Great Migration, the Depression, and the coming of European modernism. Join us as we examine the works of Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Grant Wood, Archibald J. Motley, Jr., and many more.

Six sessions. E - $230, L - $253

Margaret Farr is an independent art historian with a PhD specializing in art from 1800 to the present. She teaches courses at the Newberry Library and the Center for Life and Learning, and is an adjunct lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Materials List


  • A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins. **Please note that you can purchase a printed copy at an additional cost to be paid at the first session (cash or check accepted).

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the file that will be sent upon registration, in the confirmation email.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.