Excavating the Modern City: George Bellows’s New York

Sarah Newman, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art discusses her research into George Bellows’s paintings of a changing New York City. Instead of focusing on generic urban scenes favored by other painters, Bellows focused on specific events within the city, including the excavation for the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in Manhattan. By doing so, he offered a unique perspective on the role of progress and modernity within the city.

This lecture was presented as part of the Sunday at the Met program on George Bellows, which took place on January 27, 2013. The exhibition George Bellows is on view November 15, 2012 – February 18, 2013 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This program was made possible by The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts.

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