German Expressionism | Newberry

German Expressionism

Led by Margaret Farr
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Six sessions. Thursdays, March 10-April 14


Virtual (Full - Register for Waitlist on Learning Stream)

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet both virtually and in the building for the Winter/Spring term. 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. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to Registration opens Wednesday, January 19th at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

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Seminar Description

Early 20th-century Expressionism is notable for its emphasis on subjectivity and inner truth. This seminar focuses on Expressionism in Germany from 1905 to the 1920s, including an examination of the social and political milieus as well as the work of artists as stylistically diverse as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Vasily Kandinsky, and Max Beckmann. We will also investigate innovations in Expressionist printmaking and sculpture, the inclusion of Expressionist artworks at the 1937 Degenerate Art Exhibition, and the legacy of Expressionism in later 20th century artistic movements here and abroad.

Six sessions. Registration – $210/$189

Margaret Farr is an independent art historian with a PhD in art history, specializing in art from 1800 to the present. In addition to teaching classes, she is an adjunct lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Materials List


  • Digital Course Packet.

First Reading:

  • Please read Ch.2 of Expressionism, pp. 23-93.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 19th . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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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.