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Waldemar Januszczak

BBC Four Preview Screening: Made In The USA – Wild West to Abstract Expressionism

Waldemar Januszczak

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

2:00pm

90 minutes

Worcester College: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Art critic, television documentary producer and presenter Waldemar Januszczak introduces a screening of an episode of his new three-part BBC Four documentary series on the golden age of American art and follows it up with a question-and-answer session.

Januszczak investigates where and how American art found itself at last. His ambitious artistic road trip culminates in the heroic achievements of abstract expressionism, but also features scores of artists who are overlooked and undervalued. The first film is set in the Wild West, and begins with the sublime art of the Hudson River School whose 19th-century evocations of the vastness of America did so much to fuel the myth of the promised land. Another huge influence was the mysterious rock art of the Native Americans, which set such a stirring precedent for non-naturalistic painting. The film culminates in a celebration of Jackson Pollock, born in Cody, Wyoming, who arrived in New York wearing a stetson and cowboy boots, and whose famous drip paintings were influenced heavily by both the moods of the American West and the example of Native American artists.

Januszczak is a former arts editor of the Guardian and former head of arts at Channel 4.

This event lasts 90 minutes

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine