USM Art Galleries Gorham and Portland

windswept by jon imber

Contemporary Responses to Modernism: A New England Perspective

USM Art Gallery, Gorham

Oct 10-Dec 8, 2019. Closed for Thanksgiving November 27-December 1.

Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct 10, 5-7 pm with gallery talk by Visiting Curator Joanna Fink at 6 pm.

The modernist movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries radicalized Western art and continue
to provide reference points for artists working today. Whether embracing the concepts of such
movements as Cubism or Expressionism (for example), paying homage to specific masters, or
challenging notions of who owns the canon, the artists in this exhibition engage with the past in their
own contemporary language. While the practice of engaging with Modernism is widespread, the focus
here is on artists based in New England, and several in the show have ties to Maine.

It is said that all art was once contemporary. Artists break from and take from what has come before
them. In our time, the art that we consider contemporary exists in dialogue with the modernist
movements that forged new concepts of the possible. – Exhibition Curator Joanna Fink, director of the Alpha Gallery in Boston.  The USM Visiting Artist Series is sponsored in part by the Warren Memorial Foundation, continuing their multiple generous gifts to support the arts at USM for the 2019 - 2020 season.

Participating artists:                                                                                                                                                                                        Martha Armstrong
Ben Aronson
Gideon Bok
Sascha Braunig
Bernard Chaet
Susanna Coffey
Aaron Fink
Jon Imber
Dinorá Justice
David Kapp
György Kepes
Kayla Mohammadi
Jim Ritchie
Ann Weber