Lunchtime Lecture: Visualizing Social Life in the American City


Emily Peters, Curator of Prints and Drawings

Tuesday, November 2, 12:00 p.m.
Gartner Auditorium

Come to the CMA for a quick bite of art history. Every first Tuesday of each month, join curators, scholars, and other museum staff for 30-minute talks on objects currently on display in the museum galleries. 

This month Emily Peters, curator of prints and drawings, introduces visitors to the Ashcan School, a group of American artists who embraced the gritty everyday life of New York City, creating prints that focused on the interactions between people and the places they inhabited. Featuring works by George Bellows, John Sloan, and others on view in the exhibition Ashcan School Prints and the American City, 1900–1940, Peters discusses how population growth, mass media, and changes to both entertainment and work culture impacted the subject matter and techniques of the Ashcan School artists and their followers.