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Sideshow: Nicole Eisenman’s Modernist Inspirations

Sideshow: Nicole Eisenman’s Modernist Inspirations

September 23 – December 5, 2021 and February 3 – May 1, 2022

Virtual Live Chat with the Artist: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 


Presented alongside Nicole Eisenman: Prince , the exhibition Sideshow includes prints and drawings that inspired Eisenman’s printmaking practices and relate to their chosen themes of social gatherings and urban experiences. These artworks range in time from the narrative prints of 18th-century British artist William Hogarth to the late prints and drawings of Pablo Picasso, made well after the Second World War. Eisenman took an early interest in German Expressionism, so many of the included artworks relate to this 20th-century movement, including artists like Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Dix, and George Grosz as well as Max Beckmann and are borrowed from the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.

The works in this exhibition are selected by UMass Art History Associate Professor Karen Kurczynski and Graduate Assistant Abigail Clark.