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April 10, 2018, 8:45 AM
April 10, 2018, 7:00 PM
April 10, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Council Chambers
Characterized by highly structured, geometric compositions with smooth surfaces, linear qualities, and lucid forms, Precisionism—a style that emerged in America in the 1920s and 1930s—reconciled realism with abstraction, and combined European and American art to create a streamlined, “machined” aesthetic with themes ranging from the urban and industrial to the pastoral. The tensions and ambivalences about industrialization expressed in works by the Precisionists are fascinating and relevant to a contemporary audience in the midst of a fourth Industrial Revolution. Julia Geist, a docent from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will explore the connections between the past and the present through the masterworks of American Precisionism artists.