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American Modernism at Mid-Century: The Work of Morris Davidson

Friday, September 01, 2017,
  • Location: Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery • 1220 21st Avenue South • Nashville, TN 37203

AMERICAN MODERNISM AT MID-CENTURY: THE WORK OF MORRIS DAVIDSON is the first comprehensive survey of a little-known yet important twentieth century American artist, presenting new research into the significance of his life’s work and using it as a lens to view many iterations of abstraction practiced from the 1930s through the 1970s. The fourth in an annual collaboration with the Department of History of Art and the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, this exhibition has been curated by Vanderbilt students who were enrolled in a related class taught by Kevin D. Murphy, Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of History of Art. 

The exhibition will be on view from April 28, 2017 through September 17, 2017. The Fine Arts Gallery is located in Cohen Memorial Hall, 1220 21st Avenue South, on the western edge of the Peabody College campus.

Gallery hours: 

April 28 to August 22

Tuesday - Friday               12-4 pm

Saturdays                           1-5 pm

closed Sundays and Mondays

August 23 to September  17

Monday - Friday           11am-4 pm

Weekends                          1-5 pm

Admission is free and open to the public

The exhibition includes:

-       Twenty-three paintings by Morris Davidson

-       A wide range of approaches to abstraction, from objective and cubist to non-objective and expressionist

-       A catalogue of the same title available for purchase

The exhibition is curated by Aiden Layer ‘19, Nancy Lin ’18, Ryan Logie ’17, Cecilia March ’18, Kittredge Shamamian ’17, Elliot Taillon ’17, and Nina Vaswani ’17.

Support has been provided by the vice provost for academic and strategic affairs, the College of Arts and Science, the Department of History of Art, the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities, the Ewers Gift for Fine Art, and the Rosenfeld/Davidson Family Collection.