Noon Time Talks w/ Carolyn Burke: Spiritual Pioneering

This is a past event. Tuesday, April 30 at 12:00pm 1:00pm

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education 724 N.W. Davis St., Portland, OR

After the debacles of World War I, members of the circle gathered around Alfred Stieglitz looked to art as the way toward a more spiritually enlightened America—a credo embraced by the four artists whose stories are interwoven in Carolyn Burke’s Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury. Their goal, to save the country's soul by depicting it in terms attuned to its native shapes and colors, had been called into question but not abandoned. In the 1920s the young men who looked to Stieglitz as their guru—Strand, Paul Rosenfeld, Waldo Frank and Herbert Seligmann--shared his messianic view of the arts, a secular version, some said, of their middle-class Jewish outlook. This talk offers an opportunity to consider the Jewish roots of the Stieglitz group’s rhetoric--its vision, as Waldo Frank wrote, of America as "a promise and a dream.”

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Readings & Talks, Free



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