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The Urban Scene: 1920–1950

February 26 – August 6, 2017
West Building, Ground Floor, Galleries 22 and 22A

Howard Cook, Looking up Broadway, 1937, lithograph, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Reba and Dave Williams Collection, Gift of Reba and Dave Williams

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

American artists of the early 20th century sought to interpret the beauty, power, and anxiety of the modern age in diverse ways. Through depictions of bustling city crowds and breathtaking metropolitan vistas, 25 black-and-white prints in this exhibition explore the spectacle of urban modernity. Prints by recognized artists such as Louis Lozowick and Reginald Marsh, as well as lesser-known artists including Mabel Dwight, Gerald Geerlings, Victoria Hutson Huntley, Martin Lewis, and Stow Wengenroth, are included in this exhibition.

The exhibition is curated by Charles Ritchie, associate curator, department of American and modern prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Attendance: 95,263

Press Event: The Urban Scene: 1920–1950
Audio, Released: February 22, 2017, (17:15 minutes)