Booking strongly recommended
Open late on 20 & 21 July


"Impressive... There are pictures in this show you will remember forever"

Will Gompertz, BBC


The Guardian

"Casts modernism in a new light"

The Economist

"A revelation"

The Observer

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.


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.

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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.


The exhibition will be open late on the following dates:

Friday 20 July, until 8pm
Saturday 21 July, until 8pm


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.


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Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3.30–4.15pm
Free with the price of admission, no additional booking required


Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Dawn in Pennsylvania, 1942. Oil on canvas, 61.9 x 112.4 cm. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, Chicago © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Charles Demuth (1883–1935), I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold, 1928. Oil, graphite, ink and gold leaf on paperboard, 90.2 x 76.2 cm © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Charles Sheeler (1883–1965), Water, 1945. Oil on canvas, 61 x 74.3 cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York © Estate of Charles Sheeler.

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