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Thoroughly Modern: Women in 20Th Century Art and Desing


  • SPEED ART MUSEUM 2035 South 3rd Street Louisville, KY, 40208 United States (map)
 Designed by Susie Cooper, Manufactured by The Crown Works,  Burslem, England English, about 1933 Coffee Service  Earthenware Partial and promised gift, Adele and Leonard Leight Collection 2005.23.10 a-p

Designed by Susie Cooper, Manufactured by The Crown Works, 
Burslem, England English, about 1933
Coffee Service
Earthenware
Partial and promised gift, Adele and Leonard Leight Collection
2005.23.10 a-p

Thoroughly Modern was developed to begin where the chronology of Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism ends. The exhibition presents the work of several women artists and designers active in the early and mid-twentieth century (1900–60). These women were committed to promoting the tenets of Modernism in their work, both in Europe and America. Many of them also launched their careers in the shadow of artist spouses or partners. While some of these women stopped making art due to the pressures of raising families—or simply switched to working in traditionally female mediums such as needlework—their important artistic contributions began to be overlooked as the decades passed. Still others continued to make important strides in the male-dominated areas of commercial design and fine art. This exhibition aims to retell the stories of these design pioneers and groundbreaking artists.

Earlier Event: November 18
Jingle Rails, The Great Western Adventure
Later Event: January 21
Paige Williams: Between Intervals