Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy
September 14-December 15, 2013
Special Exhibitions and the Milt and Judi Stewart Hexagon Galleries, first floor
This fall, visitors to the IU Art Museum will have the opportunity to learn about a unique moment in the history of modern art. The traveling exhibition Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy reconstructs Advancing American Art, a 1946/47 exhibition that featured over one hundred examples of stylistically diverse American paintings from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s. Organized by the U.S. State Department as a form of cultural diplomacy, that show traveled to venues in Latin America and Europe before political controversy in the United States led to its cancellation.
Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy was organized by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at University of Oklahoma with funding provided by the Henry C. Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The presentation of the exhibition in Bloomington was made possible by the Class of 1949 Endowment for the Curator of Western Art after 1800 and the Indiana University Art Museum’s Arc Fund. Additional support was provided by a challenge grant generously issued by David Jacobs and matched by the IU Art Museum National Advisory Board. Media sponsorship is provided by Bloom Magazine.
Image: O. Louis Guglielmi (American, born Egypt, 1906-1956). Subway Exit,1946. Oil on canvas. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University; Advancing American Art Collection, 1948.1.17