American Originals | Newberry

American Originals

Led by Margaret Farr.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Six sessions. Thursdays, October 14-November 18.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

Though some American artists have been deeply influenced by European art, others have developed an original approach or style that speaks to the particular circumstances and traditions of our nation. This seminar focuses on the artwork and milieus of Thomas Cole, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joseph Cornell, Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Andy Warhol, and Faith Ringgold to probe the conceptual and thematic links between these artists and ultimately to consider what defines American art.

Six sessions. Registration – $210

Margaret Farr is an independent art historian with a Ph.D. in art history, specializing in art from 1800 to the present. A former senior lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago, Margaret has also taught at several colleges and universities.

Materials List


  • Digital Course Packet.

First Reading:

  • “Thomas Cole’s River in the Catskills as Antipastoral.”

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.