From monumental skyscrapers to lonely grain silos the jazz age to the depression these brooding american masterpieces are a revelation. Americas cool modernism okeeffe to hopper from experiments in abstraction to precisionist paintings this major exhibition explored the cool in early 20th century american art skip to main content search form search americas cool modernism okeeffe to hopper. Americas cool modernism okeeffe to hopper ashmolean museum oxford now closed share twitter the focus is upon artists who grappled with the experience of america between the wars with a cool controlled detachment eliminating people from their pictures altogether either to reflect an ambivalence and anxiety about the modern . Americas cool modernism okeeffe to hopper looks at a current in interwar america that is relatively unknown in europe the exhibition focuses on artists who grappled with the experience of modern america by eliminating people from their pictures emphasizing objectivity and inventing a cool controlled aesthetic. Americas cool modernism okeeffe to hopper as the us charged headlong into the 20th century as its cities grew skywards and consumerism began to bubble up like the champagne at jay gatsbys parties some of modernisms biggest names stood back and took stock
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