2005-12-29 / News

20th-century art history course offered

The Newport Art Museum will offer a new seven-week art history course on Tuesday evenings starting Jan. 19. “American Art: Between the Wars and the Birth of the New York School” will examine how the School of Paris influenced American art and helped give birth to the American Modernist Movement. Twentieth-century artists John Marin, Marsden Hartley, and Rockwell Kent, as well as Georgia O’Keefe, Man Ray, and Marcel Duchamp will be studied in detail together with the historical and political developments in Europe, America and the world during the early to mid-20th century.

“The course will provide insight as to why artists do what they do, how they communicate, and why they develop new styles and approaches,” said instructor Robert Kalaidjian. The course offers a comprehensive view of American art in the context of world affairs and some of the major developments of the 20th century, such as consumerism, technology, and the rise of America as a global power.

Kalaidjian received his undergraduate degree in art history from Columbia University and a master’s of fine arts degree in painting and sculpture from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

“American Art” will be held on Tuesday evenings in the museum’s Griswold House from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. from Jan. 17 through March 7. There will be no class during February vacation week. The cost of the class is $60 for Newport Art Museum members, $70 for non-members.

To register for this class or for additional information on this or other classes, call the Museum’s Education Office at 848-2787.

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