Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy

September 14 to December 15, 2013

Organized by the U.S. State Department as a form of cultural diplomacy, Art Interrupted reconstructs a 1946‒47 exhibition, Advancing American Art, featuring over one hundred examples of stylistically diverse American paintings from the 1930s and 1940s.

The exhibition was organized by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at University of Oklahoma, with funding provided by the Henry C. Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. The presentation of the exhibition in Bloomington was made possible by the Class of 1949 Endowment for the Curator of Western Art after 1800 and the Indiana University Art Museum’s Arc Fund. Additional support was provided by a challenge grant generously issued by David Jacobs and matched by the IU Art Museum National Advisory Board. Media sponsorship is provided by Bloom Magazine.

Image: O. Louis Guglielmi, (American, born Egypt, 1906–1956). Subway Exit, 1946. Oil on canvas. Jule Collins Smith, Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University Advancing American Art Collection, 1948.1.17