Speed Art Museum

Kentucky’s oldest & largest art museum asks: Which Modern Art Movement are You?

What color are you most drawn to?

In which one of these cities would you most like to live?

What medium excites and inspires you? 

Cubism

Cubism

You love to know the rules, but only because that's the easiest way to break them! Never one to back down from a challenge, you're an ambitious risk-taker who is determined to make their mark on the world! You know the best way to make a change is to look at things from a new perspective.

Cubists: Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Paul Klee, Suzanne Valadon

Image: Pablo Picasso, French, born Spain, 1881–1973
The Studio, 1934
Oil on canvas Stretcher: 50 3/8 x 62 3/4 in. (128 x 159.4 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope 
Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 69.55

Expressionism

Expressionism

You're contemplative and always deeply in tune with how both yourself and others are feeling. For you, art is a means of exploring emotional truth. Never one for small talk or pointless pleasantries, some people may see you as intense, but those who know you well understand that it's really just because you care. A lot.

Expressionists: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Egon Schiele, Lee Krasner,

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German, 1880–1938
Boats on the Elbe near Dresden, 1910–1920
Oil on canvas
Overall: 24 3/8 x 34 3/4 in. (61.9 x 88.3 cm)
Jane and Roger Wolcott Memorial, Gift of Thomas T. Solley
Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University 75.34

Dadaism

Dadaism

Never one to do the expected, your personality intentionally eludes definition! You find rules and conventions exhausting, and prefer to make a home in counter-culture, forming a community that exists outside of the system. Some may say you're ridiculous, but if the world doesn't make sense, why should you?

Dadaists: May Ray, Emmy Hennings, Marcel Duchamp

Man Ray
American (active in France), 1890‒1976
The Enigma of Isidore Ducasse (L’Enigma d’Isidore Ducasse)
1920 (1971 edition)
Felt, string, and wood
17 5/16 x 22 5/8 x 9 7/8 in. (44 x 57.5 x 25.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 71.95.2

Surrealism

Surrealism

To you, nothing is what it seems. A lobster can be a phone, a camel can be a house, time is liquid and droopy, and the world as we know it is nothing but an allusion. People may say you're spacey or lost in thought, but you can't help it if you're overwhelmed by the chaotic nature of the universe! You find solace in dreams and alternate realities, dissecting them in order to better explain the world around you.

Surrealists: Kay Sage, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo

Kay Sage
American, 1898‒1963
Lost Record
1940
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 in. (91.4 x 71.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Kay Sage Bequest, 64.73

Abstraction

Abstraction

You're always encouraging people to take a second look, to see the intention in everything. There are deep waves under your still waters, and while you want to make a difference in the world, you're not exactly in the business of being liked. You value hard work, respect, and a sure point of view above most things.

Abstractionists: Jackson Pollock, Morris Louis, Charmion von Wiegand

Morris Louis
American, 1912–1962
Beth Aleph
1959–60
Acrylic on canvas
95 3/8 x 140 3/8 in. (242.3 x 356.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Jane and Roger Wolcott Memorial, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 75.46