Vanguard Views is an exhibition celebrating the innovation in visual representation in early modern art (1900-1940). The avant-garde was formed as a result of the exposure to new, modern industrialized culture. From this new perspective conditioned by new perceptions of time and space, artists began to represent form in new ways, emphasizing dynamism and the representation of form by capturing the essence of the subject through artists’ intuition. The exhibition will feature work from the BMA’s permanent collection spanning the years 1908–1938, and will include international representations of modern art and design. These artists were united by their dedication to the practice of new art forms and the desire to experience in a way that had never been done before. From this new modern perspective, artists developed a visual vocabulary that corresponded with the energetic pace of the city, often emphasizing new technologies that enabled a new modern lifestyle.
Support for Vanguard Views is provided by the Lydia Eustis Rogers Fund, The Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the City of Birmingham.