American 20th-21st Century Genre Scenes



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This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American 20th-21st Century Genre Scenes." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the date of publication in Resource Library.

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1998-2001

 

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Genre paintings are scenes from everyday life. The National Gallery of Art explains genre scenes in their Exploring Themes in American Art series.


TFAO also suggests these DVD or VHS videos:

Scenes of American Life: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Masterworks by Alexander Hogue, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Ross Dickinson, Moses Sayer, Joseph RugoIo, Gertrude Goodrich and others are seen In this program highlighting art depicting American life during the first half of the 20th century. Designed for grades 7-12, this 28 program conforms to art, social studies and American history curricula based on the National History Standards. Includes video, prints, slides, and a teacher's guide. "Features works depicting American life in the first half of the 20th century, from the Roaring Twenties through the Great Depression to World War II and beyond. Images of jazz and street life, farms and factories, workers and families captured a changing America. Includes works by Jacob Lawrence, Moses Sawyer, and Gertrude Goodrich, among others." Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center
 
Thomas Hart Benton is a 60 minute1988 film from the Ken Burns' America series by PBS. "The turbulent career of Thomas Hart Benton, one of America's most controversial artists, began with experimentation in Expressionism, Cubism, and other European styles abroad. Later, while in the military, Benton was assigned to illustrate army equipment, discovering in the process a realistic style that finally satisfied him. Returning to civilian life, he became a Regionalist painter, portraying Americans as down-to-earth types who expressed their "American-ness" through their everyday actions and their appearance." Director Ken Burns combines samples of Benton's work and interviews with art critics, family, and friends as well as footage of Benton himself. Produced by Ken Burns and Julie Dumphey. (Quote from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts)
 
Visions of California: The Story of California Scene Painting, produced by Paul Bockhorst for KOCE Public Television in collaboration with The Irvine Museum, is the 1994 story of California Scene Painting 1925-1950. Bockhorst, working with scores of collectors and dozens of institutions and museums nationwide, has created a three-part series of artistic delight and intellectual insight that features almost 150 works of art.
 

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