American Modernism: 20th Century Influencers in Rockland presents art by luminaries who lived in Rockland County from the 1910s through the 1960s. Modernism presented a radical break with the rigid structures of the past, a search for new forms of expression that fostered a period of experimentation in the arts. This exhibition explores preeminent artists from all disciplines and how they brought Modernist thinking and influences to Rockland County—and American masterpieces to the larger world.
A few of the artists being exhibited include: Richard Pousette-Dart, Henry Varnum Poor, Arthur Davies, Ruth Reeves, Karen Karnes and Carroll French. These artists are in the permanent collections of some of the most prestigious museums, and some were co-founders of the 1913 Armory Show that introduced Modernism to America. Today, the impact of these innovators continues to reverberate on both a local and international scale.