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Kirchner in America: Building a Legacy Through the 1968 Retrospective Exhibition

El-Hefnawy, Sarah (2023) Kirchner in America: Building a Legacy Through the 1968 Retrospective Exhibition. Comprehensive Paper, University of Pittsburgh.

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Artists do not become a part of the historical canon by coincidence. Rembrandt, Matisse, and Warhol were, in a way, "marketed" by exhibits and art historians. We know these names today, not by coincidence, but through deliberate planning. German Expressionist scholar and Pitt professor Donald Gordon was one of the main advocates for the first traveling exhibit of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's works in the United States. Notably, this exhibit was financially backed by the German government, perhaps in an effort to change its reputation after the Second World War. This sociopolitical context begs the question: how did the 1968-1969 traveling exhibit shape the reputation of German Expressionist art, and more specifically Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, in the minds of the American public?


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Comprehensive Paper)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
El-Hefnawy, Sarahsae77@pitt.edusae77
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ExpertTaylor, Alexalex.taylor@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
CollaboratorPennell, Daniel M.pennell@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 28 April 2023
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 9
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History of Art and Architecture
Thesis Type: Comprehensive Paper
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: art history, german expressionism, university library system, office of undergraduate research, asra, donald gordon archive, 1960s, exhibit curation, critical reception, art criticism, world war II, die brucke, ernst ludwig kirchner, american art exhibits
Date Deposited: 31 May 2023 13:39
Last Modified: 31 May 2023 13:39


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