Between the Wars: American Printmaking of the 1920s and 30s

During the 1920s and 30s, a number of American printmakers explored various aspects of urban and rural life. They rejected European modernism in favor of a realistic style firmly rooted in the work of the American painter Robert Henri.

Although Henri was not a printmaker, it was his approach to subject matter and style that pointed these young American printmakers in a new direction, away from the decorative landscapes and simple genre scenes of the 19th century to works that were imbued with social and political comment.

Between the Wars: American Printmaking of the 1920s and 30s opens Oct. 30 and continue through Dec. 23 in the Study Gallery at the Hallie Ford Museum at Willamette University. The exhibition includes works by John Sloan, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, Reginald Marsh, Isabel Bishop, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Gordon Gilkey and Constance Fowler. Prints have been selected from public and private collections in Oregon and Washington, including the Portland Art Museum, Reed College, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Maryhill Museum of Art, Gonzaga University, the Tacoma Art Museum and collector Michael W. Foster.

In conjunction with the exhibition, two segments from the Robert Hughes documentary, "American Visions," will be shown. "A Wave from the Atlantic" will be presented Tuesday, Nov. 23. This segment chronicles those immigrant artists in the early 20th century who brought their old culture to America with a thirst for the new. On Tuesday, Dec. 7, "Streamlines and Breadlines" will be shown. This segment focuses on those American artists who chronicled the urban and rural landscape of the 1920s and 30s.

Both segments will be shown in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum at 7 pm. Admission is free.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free and Tuesdays are always admission free.

For further information, please call 503-370-6855.