Page Knox, educator
Through an examination of painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and the visual culture of the United States from 1750 to 1913, this eight-part series will explore how American artists responded to and operated within the wider world during the “long nineteenth century.” Addressing themes shared in common across national boundaries, the class will consider how American art participated in the revolutions and reforms of European artistic movements, ranging from Romanticism to Modernism.
The period witnessed the emergence of new technologies for creating, using, and circulating images and objects, the expansion and transformation of exhibition and viewing practices, and the rise of new artistic institutions, as well as the metamorphosis of the United States from its colonial origins to that of a world power. The class will investigate how American art engaged with international styles while constructing national identity during a period of radical transformation both at home and abroad.
Classes will be led by Page Knox, Columbia University professor and frequent Met lecturer. Visit the galleries in the morning and have lunch in the Members Dining Room, followed by a discussion of selected works of art. Classes have limited availability for a more intimate experience.
Art Comes to the American Colonies
The Transatlantic Voyages of John Singleton Copley
Thomas Cole: Father of the Hudson River School
American Landscape Painters: Heirs to the British Romantic Tradition
Vanderlyn's European Folly
Samuel F.P. Morse in the Louvre
Americans and Europeans Capturing the Vanishing Race
American Female Sculptors Abroad
The Cosmopolitan Spirit in American Art (Eakins, Abbey, Whistler, and Vedder)
The Expansion of Print Media and the Society of American Artists
Internationalizing American Art: Innocents Abroad (Cassatt, Sargent, Chase, and Hassam)
The Rise of the American Museum
International Eclecticism: Louis Comfort Tiffany, John LaFarge, and Tiffany and Company
Presenting American Art at the World's Fairs: The Centennial and the World's Columbian Exhibition
Modernism and Transnational Exchanges: Picturing Urban America (The Ashcan School)
Modernism Comes to America: The Armory Show
Space is limited. Please call the Membership Office at 212-650-2356 to register.
Above: Thomas Cole (American, 1801–1848). View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow (detail), 1836. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1908 (08.228)