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Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 20th Century Chicago

From the Newberry Library comes Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 20th Century Chicago. This digital exhibition explores how the city of Chicago's contributions to the modernist period extend beyond its impact on architecture by focusing on "the literature and art of Chicago in connection with the unique urban, economic, and cultural history of the city." Here, readers will find more than 30 items from the Newberry's archives dated between 1891 and 1953, each carefully selected to illustrate some aspect of Chicago's connection to modernism and accompanied by a short essay situating the item in its historical and cultural context. Examples include the poet Harriet Monroe's handwritten inscription to a friend in a copy of her 1891 book Valeria and Other Poems and two 1937 letters from the writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston to the literary critic Harry Hansen. Making Modernism was born out of two summer institutes for university faculty and graduate students in 2013 and 2017 that were led by Liesl Olson, the Newberry's Director of Chicago Studies, with institute participants choosing the exhibit's items and writing its essays.
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January 17th, 2020
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December 30th, 2019 at 11:59am
Date Of Record Release
January 9th, 2020 at 2:19pm
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