Unstoppable progress, inevitable decay: Cole, Bellows, and Ruscha and the American Empire

Monday 9 July, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Madeleine Harrison

Admission free, donations welcome

Thomas Cole, George Bellows, and Ed Ruscha span the timeline of America's expansionism. Madeleine Harrison from the Courtauld Institute, assesses these artists' perception of the America of their time, and their judgement on the success of the nation's development.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Image above: Detail from George Bellows, Men of the Docks, 1912