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Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest

November 4, 2010 - January 9, 2011

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery will present Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest from November 4, 2010 - January 9, 2011. Curated by Christine Fowler Shearer, Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest includes approximately 65 paintings produced between 1900 and 1950. These paintings explore the similarities and differences in the development of Modernism by artists who were born in, studied, or worked in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Artists in the show include: Gertrude Abercrombie, Ivan Albright, Charles Burchfield, Manierre Dawson, Clara Deike, Frances Foy, Victor Higgins, Alice Schille, William Sommer and William Zorach.

Join the Riffe Gallery for the opening of Against the Grain on Thursday, November 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. Curator Christine Fowler Shearer will lead a tour of the exhibition on Friday, November 5 from noon to 1 p.m.

A full-color, 122 page exhibition catalogue produced by the Massillon Museum is available at the Riffe Gallery for $25.00. We accept checks or cash only.

The Riffe Gallery will also host a free family activity during the entire run of the exhibition. Bring your family to the Riffe Gallery during any of the convenient gallery hours and explore Against the Grain with the Massillon Museum’s fun and challenging activity guide. Become a master of Midwest modernism with your family, friends and neighbors!

Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest is presented by the Riffe Gallery with support from the Ohio Building Authority, and media support from CD101, CityScene, Ohio Magazine, Time Warner Cable and 90.5 WCBE. The exhibition was originally produced by the Massillon Museum in Massillon, Ohio, with financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts' American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius initiative, the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday, and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Closed Mondays and Thursday Nov. 11, Thursday Nov. 25, Friday Dec. 24, Saturday Dec 25, Friday, Dec. 31 and Saturday, Jan. 1. Visit or phone 614/644-9624 for more information. The Riffe Gallery is supported by the Ohio Building Authority and the OAC’s Individual Artist Grants and Services Program. Media Sponsors include CD101, CityScene, Ohio Magazine, Time Warner Cable and WCBE.

Free group tours are available Wednesday through Friday throughout the run of each exhibition. To schedule a group tour contact Riffe Gallery director Mary Gray at or 614/728-2239.

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio’s artists and curators, exhibitions produced by the Ohio Arts Council’s International Program and the collections of the region’s museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery’s Education Program seeks to increase public appreciation and understanding of those exhibitions. Admission is free. For information, call the Riffe Gallery at 614/644-9624.

There are 16 images contained within this archive that are intended for Riffe Gallery publicity/educational use only. These images are protected by a photographic copyright that belongs to the Ohio Arts Council. They, therefore, are not in the public domain. Please contact the Ohio Arts Council directly if you wish to inquire about obtaining reproduction permission. Dimensions are h x w.


Image of painting by Emil Armin titled The Gateway
Image of painting by August F. Biehle titled Cleveland West Side, Hillside Houses
Image of painting by Charles Burchfield Trees and Ravine

Emil Armin
The Gateway, 1927, oil on canvas, 16 x 20”

Gift of Herman F. and Helen P. Johnson, Brauer Museum of Art, 2005.14, Valparaiso University

August F. Biehle, Jr
Cleveland West Side, Hillside Houses, 1914-1917, oil on board, 28 x 39 1/2"

Courtesy of Frederick Biehle and Erika Hinrichs

Charles Burchfield
Trees and Ravine, 1917, Watercolor and gouache, 18 x 12 1/4"”

Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery,
New York

Image of painting by Francis Chapin titled By the El Tracks
Image of painting by Manierre Dawson titled Differential Complex
Image of a painting by Raphael Gleitsmann titled Untitled [Woman doing wash behind farmhouse]

Alexander Corazzo
Untitled, 1929, oil on canvas, 40 x 30”

Tregoning & Company, Cleveland

Manierre Dawson
Differential Complex, 1910, oil on board,
23 1/2 x 18 1/2”

Cleveland Museum of Art, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund, 2001.123

Raphael Gleitsmann
Untitled [Woman doing wash behind farmhouse], 1940, watercolor and graphite on paper, 20 x 24 1/2”

Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Louise Faysash

Image of a painting by Carl Holty titled Europa
painting by Henry Keller titled William Lee Farm, Berlin Heights
painting by Albert H. Krehbiel titled Michigan Avenue Blue

Carl Holty
Europa, 1948, oil on canvas
18 x 14”

Courtesty of Spanierman Gallery, LLC, New York


Henry Keller
William Lee Farm, Berlin Heights, c. 1915, oil on board
19 1/2 x 13”

Courtesy of Cleveland Artists Foundation Collection

Albert H. Krehbiel
Michigan Avenue Blue, 1920, oil on canvas,
27 x 34"

Estate of the artist; Courtesy Richard Norton Gallery, Chicago

painting by Harold Noecker titled Angular Landscape (Division Street)
painting by Gregory Orloff titled Chicago World's Fair
painting by Robert Roberti titled Backyard Alley Scene Chicago

Harold Noecker
Angular Landscape (Division Street), 1944, oil on canvas, 33x 30”

Collection of John and Susan Horseman

Gregory Orloff
Chicago World's Fair, 1933, oil on canvas, 24 1/2 x 36”

Collection of Susan and Gary Garrabrandt, Courtesy Richard Norton Gallery, Chicago

Robert Roberti
Backyard Alley Scene Chicago, 1932, oil on canvas board, 20 x 14”

Charlie S. Hayes Family

painting by Alice Schille titled Coffee Workers Return
Painting by William Schwartz titled Mountain Landscape
Painting by William Sommer titled Blue Dairy Cart

Alice Schille
Coffee Workers Return, 1930-1935,
watercolor on paper, 19 3/4 x 24 3/4”

Private Collection, Courtesy of Keny Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

William Schwartz
Mountain Landscape, 1940,
gouache on paper laid on board, 22 x 30”

Spanierman Gallery, LLC, New York

William Sommer
Blue Dairy Cart, 1917-1918
oil on board, 16 1/2 x 23 1/2”

Collection of John and Susan Horseman, Courtesy of Keny Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

image of a painting by Santos Zingale titled White Station

Santos Zingale
White Station, 1936, watercolor on paper,
21 1/2 x 26 1/2”

Museum of Wisconsin Art Collection




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