“Coming to America” opens at Memphis Brooks Museum


Gaston Lachaise, United States, born France, 1882-1935, Standing Woman, 1912-1927, Bronze, 72 x 28 x 17 (including bronze base), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of R. Sturgis and Marion B.F. Ingersoll, 1962, 1962-182-1, © Gaston Lachaise Foundation Image Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

MEMPHIS: The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art exhibition “Coming to America: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach, 1914 – 1945” opens today  and will run through January 7, 2018.

The sculptures of Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman and William Zorach embody the vitality and vision of four modern artists who—arriving as immigrants in the United States from the growing turbulence of pre-war Europe—responded to the challenges and excitement of American life with extraordinary creativity.

Through over 60 sculptures and a select group of drawings, the exhibition reveals their common artistic sources—ranging from ancient statuary to American popular and folk culture, while at the same time reveling in their stylistic individuality. Coming to America is a rare opportunity to explore the works of four major masters who redefined the expressive qualities of the human form in the modern age.

The Memphis Brooks Museum is located at 1934 Poplar Avenue In Memphis. The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art enriches the lives of our diverse community through the Museum’s expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs that reflect the art of world cultures from antiquity to the present.

This exhibition is organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Maine and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.


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