Event—Adult Education

North American Visions: Mexican Muralists, American Regionalists, and Canada’s Group of Seven

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This class explores the styles of artists like Diego Rivera, Thomas Hart Benton, Lawren Harris, and their contemporaries across our continent.

"The Creation," illustration by Diego Rivera [reproduction], circa 1960. Call number: Ayer Modern MS Weatherwax

Class Description

Like the countries they represented, artists of Canada, Mexico, and the US emerged assertively from the shadow of an exhausted Europe after World War I. This class explores the similar aspirations and distinct styles among Diego Rivera, Thomas Hart Benton, Lawren Harris, and their contemporaries across our continent. For a time, North America provided for a pause in the pursuit of abstraction in favor of a renewed but refined appeal for representation of our continent and its peoples.

Joseph S. Harrington holds a master’s degree in European history from the University of Connecticut, and has led numerous seminars at the Newberry since 2008.

Materials List

Required:

  • Instructor-Distributed Materials

First Reading:

  • No first reading assignment

Cost and Registration

Two sessions, $205 ($184.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.

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