Explore new art trends from America and Mexico, and interpret the work in comparison to that of Europe.


The beginning of the 20th century saw with it a new understanding of the universe, thanks to the discoveries on energy and physics from Albert Einstein, and the contemplation of the human consciousness from Sigmund Freud.  With these new interpretations of the universe and its inhabitants came a focus in the arts towards inventiveness and technological advancements.  The two Great World Wars united the World in conflict, and at its end, the movements of European and American art collaborated and invented a global art stage, exploring all of the innovations of the creative process as one collective force.


  • Investigate unique styles of European artists, and distinguish the work and intentions of specific movements.
  • Discover how each “ism” (and their respected artists ) seeks to defy the societal expectations of art, and challenges us to ask what art really is meant to be, and how we should be looking at it.
  • Explore new art trends from America and Mexico, and interpret the work in comparison to that of Europe.
  • Distinguish the visual interpretations of specific regions and how they identify with their unique cultures.
  • Evaluate how modern inventions and necessities impacted the art of the early 20th century, including photography, architecture and design.

?? Question ??

I am sure that your head is spinning after looking at of the art from this week! There’s a very important reason why every single image represents a different “ism”, or movement. The artists of the 20th century were focused on pushing the boundaries of art, trying to create a visual image that is so different than anything else, that they end up with very unique styles. The one underlying similarity is this: they are all looking for a visceral, emotional reaction from the viewer. Were they successful? Post one image from one artist that has stuck in your mind from this week, and discuss how it impacted you, and why you think it had that effect on you. There is no wrong answer here!  Everyone has a right to a unique point of view, just like the artists!