Life’s Pleasures: The Ashcan Artists' Brush with Leisure, 1895–1925
Life's Pleasures: The Ashcan Artists' Brush With Leisure, 1895–1925 will include paintings by Robert Henri, John Sloan, William Glackens, Everett Shinn, George Luks and George Bellows as well as Jerome Myers, Guy Pene du Bois, Walt Kuhn, Edward Hoppe and Rockwell Kent. This exhibition and its accompanying catalogue will focus upon these artists' fascination with the varied forms of leisure and recreation available to working and middle class audiences from the turn of the century through the 1920s. Their paintings recorded the dress and behavior, as well as the settings, of the modern world at play: cafes, theaters, arenas, bars, beaches and parks. While their images were often of the lower socio-economic class, the exhibition will also explore representations of urban middle class life, as both groups enjoyed both traditional and novel leisure pursuits whether in New York or Paris.