This will be the first exhibition to explore the 'cool' in American art in the early 20th century, from early experiments in abstraction by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove and Paul Strand to the strict, clean precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth

Showcasing significant examples of American art produced during the roaring 1920s and Depression-era 1930s, some for the very first time in the UK, the works on display share a smooth, crisp, clean appearance and a cool, impersonal treatment, an apparent detachment. They evoke a world in which human beings have been removed or substituted.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has supported this exhibition with major loans, in addition to works from the Terra Collection and other international collections. This exhibition is organised by the Ashmolean Museum and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

This exhibition is ticketed. Entry is free for Ashmolean Members.


Timed tickets will be in operation.

Full Price Ticket with Gift Aid Donation £13.50 (£12.25 for a Standard Full Price Ticket)

Entry is FREE for children under 12 years, University of Oxford students and Members of the Ashmolean.

Tickets are discounted at 50% for children aged 12–17 years and Art Fund Members.

Concession tickets are available for senior citizens, students, those who are unemployed, and University of Oxford staff & alumni.


The fastest way to book exhibition tickets is online. Click on the 'Buy Tickets' button above to visit our online booking pages.

To book exhibition tickets by telephone please call 01865 278 112.


The exhibition will be open late, until 8pm, on the following dates:

Friday 30 March, until 7pm
Friday 27 April, until 7pm
Friday 25 May, until 10pm – Part of the American Cool LiveFriday and so a LiveFriday event ticket will also be required.
Friday 20 July, until 7pm
Saturday 21 July, until 7pm


This exhibition and its publication are made possible with the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Additional support has been received from Mr Barrie & Mrs Deedee Wigmore, Huo Family Foundation (UK) Limited, Marica & Jan Vilcek, and the Patrons of the Ashmolean.


Exhibition Tours

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3.30–4.15pm
Free with the price of admission, no additional booking required

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