“Expressionisms: Germany and the United States.” Panel discussion at University of Richmond Museums on February 12, 2020.
Among the diverse descriptive labels attached to the art of Fritz Ascher, perhaps none is more evocative and distinct than “expressionist.” In the context of visual art, that term has, over the past century and a half, connoted the articulation of strong emotion–through color, brush work, and the aggressive representation of figures and the elements of nature. This discussion considers ways in which these features, particularly in painting, can explore and have explored embodying emotion and provoking it in the viewer. Also discussed are the relationships of political identity, the workings of the unconscious mind, and the realm of the spiritual to the work of Ascher and other important artists, before and contemporary with him, both in Europe and the United States.
Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Eckhart Gillen, Independent Curator, Berlin
“German and American Expressionism 1914, 1933 and 1941: Franz Marc, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Mark Rothko. Manifestations of National Identity and the Break of Civilization”
Elizabeth Berkowitz, Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, Rockefeller Archive Center
“Fritz Ascher and Ideological Color in Modern Art”
Ori Z. Soltes, Teaching Professor, Center for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
“Expressionism and Spirituality”