The Modernists, Oct 2020

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The Modernists: Witnesses to the 20th Century


ON VIEW IN THE Lehr GALLERY October 10, 2020 – MAy 16, 2021


Marc Chagall, L’Incendie dans La Neige, 1940–1943, gouache, pastel, pencil on paper. On loan courtesy of the Eric and Amy Huck Collection.

During the early to mid-20th century, artists witnessed, documented, and even participated in two devastating world wars. The aftermath of the collective trauma the world experienced changed the trajectory of creative culture forever. As a result, artists rejected the realism favored by their predecessors and experimented with new subjects, techniques, and media to portray the post-war world as they saw it. This half-century movement toward abstraction came to be known as Modernism.

The Modernists: Witnesses to the 20th Century, drawn from museum and private collections across the United States and curated by the Susquehanna Art Museum, features work by a variety of Modern artists. The exhibition illustrates the development of the Modernist aesthetic and how artists worldwide broke from long-standing artistic traditions.


Karel Appel
Milton Avery
William Baziotes
Gustav Kurt Beck
Max Beckmann
Albert Bloch
Julius Bloch
Georges Braque
David Burliuk
Marc Chagall
Antoni Clavé
Robert Fremont Conover
Werner Drewes
Abraham Peter Hankins
Leon N. Hicks
Felrath Hines
Victoria Ebbels Hudson Huntley
Luis Jiménez
Wassily Kandinsky
Gustav Klimt
Käthe Kollwitz
Fernand Léger
Jack Levine
Andre Lhote
James McBey
Joan Miró
Henry Moore
Edo Murtić
Man Ray
Josip Restek
Peter L. Robinson, Jr.
Egon Schiele
Benton Murdoch Spruance
Alma Thomas
Charles White
Ben Wilson
N.C. Wyeth

Artwork in this exhibition is on loan from Art Bridges, the Eric and Amy Huck Collection, Brandywine River Museum of Art, the Charles and Elizabeth Stone collection, The Trout Gallery at Dickinson College, Reading Public MuseumSamek Art Museum at Bucknell UniversityThe David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, and ACA Galleries, NYC.

Intern Spotlight: Degenerate Art – Hitler’s Revenge on Modernism, by Cole Wanner, Summer 2020 Exhibitions Intern



– Thursday October 8, 6:00 p.m. Member’s Preview Tour

– Friday October 9, 6:00 p.m. Member’s Preview Tour 

– Sunday October 25, 3:00 p.m. Art + History Discussion led by Michael Neiberg, Ph.D. – The Art Sale at the End of the World  – View recorded event here.  View the subsequent Q&A Session here.

– Saturday October 31, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Inspired by Art: A Creative Writing Workshop

– Sunday November 15, 3:00 p.m. Art + History Discussion led by Tara Tappert, Ph.D. – The Dark Side of the Moon (Modern Art techniques as responses to war trauma) – View recorded event here.  View the subsequent Q&A Session here.

– Wednesday December 9 Music in The Lehr Gallery with musician and educator Mark Hunsberger and a Jazz ensemble was recorded and a digital version will be available soon!

– Tuesday December 15, 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Inspired by Art: A Virtual Creative Writing Workshop (via Zoom) Led by professional poet and accomplished educator Maria James-Thiaw. Maria Thiaw, M.S., MFA directs the Creative Writing Program at the Capital Area School for the Arts. She is a published author, performance poet and playwright residing in Camp Hill, PA. In 2018 she founded Reclaim Artist Collective, an organization that provides affordable arts programming for marginalized communities.

– Saturday May 8 Albert Bloch Documentary + Discussion led by the film’s director Timothy DePaepe and co-producer Dr. Kelly Chong – Limited space available, RSVP required. Check back for a link to reserve your spot.


Virtual Overview of the Exhibition


Generous support for educational programs is provided by Art Bridges.   


This exhibition is generously sponsored by UPMC.

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  • Albert Bloch, Duell (Duel), 1912, oil on canvas, 50” x 61”. On loan courtesy of Art Bridges.
  • Marc Chagall, L'Incendie dans La Neige, 1940–1943 gouache, pastel, pencil on paper. On loan courtesy of the Eric and Amy Huck Collection.