"Impressive... There are pictures in this show you will remember forever"
Will Gompertz, BBC
"Casts modernism in a new light"
This is the first exhibition to explore the 'cool' in American art in the early 20th century, from early experiments in abstraction by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove and Paul Strand to the strict, clean precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth.
See incredible loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, including 35 paintings that have never been seen in the UK before.
In the Jazz Age of the ‘roaring’ 20s, and the ensuing Great Depression of the 30s, many American artists expressed their uncertainty about the rapid modernisation and urbanisation of their country by producing work that had a cool, controlled detachment and a smooth, precise finish.
This exhibition brings together some of the greatest works ever made by American artists – iconic pieces which reveal this fascinating aspect of American interwar art.
This exhibition is ticketed. Entry is free for the Ashmolean Members.
VISITING AND TICKETS
Timed tickets are in operation.
Full Price Ticket with Gift Aid Donation £13.50 (£12.25 for a Standard Full Price Ticket)
Entry is FREE for children under 12 years, University of Oxford students and Members of the Ashmolean.
Tickets are discounted at 50% for children aged 12–17 years and Art Fund Members.
Concession tickets are available for senior citizens, students, those who are unemployed, and University of Oxford staff & alumni.
UK school groups can visit our temporary exhibitions free of charge. We offer teachers a previsit complimentary exhibition ticket. Booking essential.
The fastest way to book exhibition tickets is online. Click on the 'Buy Tickets' button above to visit our online booking pages.
To book exhibition tickets by telephone please call 01865 278 112.
LATE EXHIBITION OPENINGS
The exhibition will be open late, until 8pm, on the following dates:
Friday 30 March, until 8pm
Friday 27 April, until 8pm
Friday 25 May, until 10.30pm – Part of the American Cool LiveFriday and so a LiveFriday event ticket will also be required.
Friday 20 July, until 8pm
Saturday 21 July, until 8pm
SPONSORS AND LENDERS
This exhibition and its publication are made possible with the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Additional support has been received from Mr Barrie & Mrs Deedee Wigmore, Huo Family Foundation (UK) Limited, Marica & Jan Vilcek, and the Patrons of the Ashmolean.