The Cleveland Museum of Art monthly magazine was in the mail when I got back from MI. The cover picture is the Gloria Swanson picture of a new exhibit that will be playing during our event. I plan to see it. Hope it interests you. For the locals, we can go before or after our gathering.
“Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties
July 1–September 16, 2012 Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall
How did American artists represent the Jazz Age? The exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties brings together for the first time the work of more than 60 painters, sculptors, and photographers who explored a new mode of modern realism in the years bounded by the aftermath of the Great War and the onset of the Great Depression. Throughout the 1920s, artists created images of liberated modern bodies and the changing urban-industrial environment with an eye toward ideal form and ordered clarity—qualities seemingly at odds with a riotous decade best remembered for its flappers and Fords.
Artists took as their subjects uninhibited nudes and close-up portraits that celebrated sexual freedom and visual intimacy, as if in defiance of the restrictive routines of automated labor and the stresses of modern urban life. Reserving judgment on the ultimate effects of machine culture on the individual, they distilled cities and factories into pristine geometric compositions that appear silent and uninhabited. American artists of the Jazz Age struggled to express the experience of a dramatically remade modern world, demonstrating their faith in the potentiality of youth and in the sustaining value of beauty. Youth and Beauty will present more than 130 works by artists including Ansel Adams, George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Stuart Davis, Aaron Douglas, Walker Evans, Edward Hopper, Isamu Noguchi, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Grant Wood.
Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties is organized by the Brooklyn Museum.”
Look at photo #6 in the preview of a very sultry Gloria Swanson 1925