Sited on the very ground where the movement took shape, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art occupies a novel place in the history of American Modernism – a remarkable period forged by a unique and independent American spirit. On the occasion of Independence Day and in his first season as OMAA’s Executive Director and Chief Curator, Michael Mansfield will offer a perspective on the singular importance of independence to American Modernism and now contemporary art.  Modes of expression identified in the Ogunquit colonies of Charles Woodbury and Hamilton Easter Field, will be seen to lead to contemporary practices of avant garde film-makers and media artists working today.  This talk begins at noon.