German Modernism in California
Hans Reichel (German, 1892–1958), Falling Star, 1921, Oil on cardboard, Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection, © 2017 J. G. Schimek, New York
- 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Examine the legacy of Galka Scheyer, who helped shape California’s reputation as a burgeoning center for modern art.
- Free with admission.
- Meets in Entrance Gallery
Family & Youth:
Klee found great delight in children's art and play; he would even create many hand puppets for his son Felix and perform shows in a puppet theater of his design. Thinking of Idol for House Cats as a starting point, construct a cloth hand puppet and perform it in a Klee-inspired puppet theater. MORE INFO
Tours & Talks:
Three of the Blue Four artists were accomplished musicians who made no secret of the influence of music upon their work. Discover their theories on the parallels between music and painting, and explore the impact of these ideas on their work, on display in the exhibition Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California. MORE INFO
In early 20th-century San Francisco, the introduction and assimilation of European modernist art sparked widespread excitement and controversy. When Galka Scheyer arrived in 1925, she was immediately embraced by San Francisco’s fledgling avant-garde. Through her energetic lecture circuit and her position as European representative of the Oakland Art Gallery, she also introduced German Expressionism, Dadaism and Constructivism, virtually unknown in California. Landauer explores the pioneering efforts of Galka Scheyer to educate the city’s wary public and largely conservative art community about the Blue Four. MORE INFO