About the American Salons Web Project
Click on any clock face to return to the Modernism
Desk clock 1932-33 designed by Gilbert Rhode (American
1894-1944) for Herman Miller Company, Michigan.
"Modernism: The Salons" is the Website of a graduate
seminar in the English Department during the fall semester of
1997. "Salons" is chiefly a schematic for organizing
discussion of and research about a movement that was disparate
in its sources and locations, not to mention its membership. The
seminar focuses on the visual sources of American Modernist authors,
ranging from the photographs of Steiglitz and Man Ray to the painting
of Stuart Davis, Pablo Picasso and Marsden Hartley, to the films
of D. W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin, to the industrial design
and architecture of New York and Chicago. Our interest is in the
way the new visual culture influenced such authors as Ezra Pound,
Harriet Monroe, Amy Lowell, Vachel Lindsay, Hart Crane, Ernest
Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Willian Carlos Williams, Mina Loy,
H. D., Jean Toomer, Djuna Barnes, T. S. Eliot and William Faulkner.
Since many of the writers and artists knew each other (or of each
other's work), the cross-linking capacity of a Web site seemed
an ideal way for students to refer to each other's work and to
a common library of visual influences.
- We invite additions to this project from interested scholars
elsewhere. Due to the far-sighted and flexible structure created
for the site by Kevin LaCamera and Jenifer Wolkowski, it can grow
for a long time. We are committed to maintaining the project and
to extending it as interest warrants. Please contact us if you
are interested in submitting your work, cross-linking or pursuing
a similar project.
- William Marling
- Department of English
- Case Western Reserve University