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Networks of Modernism, 1898–1968

In celebration of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art’s 70th anniversary, the museum is pleased to bring viewers into new ways of seeing the permanent collection in Networks of Modernism. Drawing primarily from OMAA’s permanent collection, this exhibition maps the ways artists responded to the immense social, political, and economic changes affecting life in the United States over a 70-year period: from 1898—the founding of Charles Woodbury’s school in Ogunquit—to 1968. During this time, Ogunquit emerged as an important hub within a vast network of progressive art schools and communities that connected modern artists across the United States and abroad. Organized into a series of thematic groupings, Networks of Modernism contextualizes the artists who lived, worked, or frequented Ogunquit within a broader story of American modernism. Alongside well-known examples from OMAA’s holdings, the exhibition presents a number of works on view for the first time.

Exhibition Preview
Walt Kuhn, Sleeping Girl, 1922, Oil on canvas, 54 x 42 inches. Gift of Vera Kuhn, 1953.14.
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