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Roaring Twenties Project
Topic 5: Art
Materialism, hedonism, and individualism pervasive in the Roaring Twenties found reflection in the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald. His masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, depicted the 1920s' era which Fitzgerald dubbed the "Jazz Age." Zelda Fitzgerald, Scott’s free spirited wife, was the ultimate Flapper and his chief inspiration. The African-American artistic movement flourished during the period's Harlem Renaissance in New York City. Black writers, such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, helped promote social integration by challenging racial stereotyping.
Modern, streamlined, geometric Art Deco Design was the defining style of the Roaring Twenties. Surrealist Art, born in the era, exercised the artist’s unconscious by moving beyond traditional aesthetics to irrational thought and dreamlike states. Sadly, the Roaring Twenties came to a cataclysmic close on "Black Tuesday," the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
Please follow the link to read background information about the decade. Introduction to the 1920s
Phase 1- Learn about the art of the 1920s.
View the slideshare above and create an outline detailing the artists and styles of the 1920s. Your outline should be no longer than 1-2 typed pages.
Phase 2- Styles
You will research the various art genres of the 1920s and create an exhibit of posters explaining each genre. Chose one artist for each genre and include photos of some of their art that you like the most.
As a group you will now produce an art exhibit using the posters from Phase 2 and your own original works of art. The exhibit will be shown to the class on