The gilded age of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was a rapidly modernizing society, when the forces of the new and the old duked it out. On March 15, the William Benton Museum at the University of Connecticut will explore the artistic world of the 1920s with a forum discussion called "The Gatsby Era: Art, Literature, and the Pursuit of the American Dream." The forum will include representatives from UConn's English, History, and Art Departments and will complement the larger Benton exhibit "Millionaires and Mechanics, Bootleggers and Flappers: Speaking of The Great Gatsby" (a 1931 lithograph by Adolf Dehn, We Nordics, is pictured above). The panel will look at the ways in which changing cultural values sparked new forms of art and literature through the lenses of their particular expertise.
The Gatsby Era: Art, Literature, and the Pursuit of the American Dream
March 15, 5 p.m., William Benton Museum of Art, 245 Glenbrook Road, University of Connecticut, Storrs, (860) 486-4520, thebenton.org.