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Childe Hassam, Avenue of the Allies, 1918. Oil on canvas. Private collection
10AM Friday, December 23, 2016 – 5PM Sunday, June 25, 2017

Exhibition, It Was a New Century: Reflections on Modern America

It Was a New Century: Reflections on Modern America; captures the vitality and spirit of urban life at the beginning of the 20th century. Drawn from a private collection, the nearly 60 paintings, prints, watercolors, and drawings on view illustrate the major artistic directions of the day—both progressive and nostalgic—by well-known artists such as George Bellows, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Walt Kuhn, Maurice Prendergast, and Everett Shinn. They also depict a wide range of popular themes, from the gritty to the glamorous: busy street scenes in working-class neighborhoods; boxers doing battle in private clubs; patriotic flags lining New York’s Fifth Avenue; performers donning costumes and face paint; and sunny retreats for the wealthy, from Shinnecock, Long Island, to Venice. Taken together, these exceptional works present a compelling panorama of a new, modern America.

On view through June 4, 2017

Open to: General public
Contact Information: Yale University Art Gallery,, 203-432-0600

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