Making Modernism: Literature, Dance, and Visual Culture in Chicago, 1893-1955




Chicago, IL


July 18-August 5, 2022


3 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




The Newberry Library will host a residential, three-week institute for 25 higher education faculty that will explore Chicago’s vital contribution to the modernist movement. From July 18 - August 5, 2022, "Making Modernism: Literature, Dance, and Visual Culture in Chicago, 1893-1955" proposes to explore the distinct, groundbreaking styles and lasting influence of Chicago modernism as well as the city’s connections to other metropoles. Directed by Dr. Liesl Olson (Director of Chicago Studies, Newberry Library) and Dr. Susan Manning (Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University), "Making Modernism" will offer an expansive look at creative expression in Chicago across the arts.

Project Director(s)

Liesl Olson; Susan Manning

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Lee Bey; Adrienne Brown; Adam Green; Sarah Kelly Oehler; Vershawn Sanders-Ward; Rebecca Zorach

Grantee Institution

Newberry Library

Funded through the Division of Education Programs