Bank of America’s Masterpiece Moment

Art inspires, educates, and helps us see our world in a new way

We could all use a little inspiration in our busy lives, and benefit from the context that art can bring to bear on our world, our times, and our history. Join us and museum directors from around the United States as we explore some of our greatest artistic treasures.

We’ll take a closer look at a new masterpiece every two weeks, so be sure to tune in, learn more, be inspired and discuss with friends and family.

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<em>Protractor, Variation I</em> by Frank Stella
Protractor, Variation I by Frank Stella

“Protractor, Variation I” by Frank Stella at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Created in 1969 is composed of rhythmic bands of color in the shape of a protractor. This work is one of nearly 100 paintings in Stella’s Protractor series. Discover more reasons why this is a masterpiece with Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

The Damascus Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Damascus Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The luxurious space of the Damascus Room was ikely for an affluent family to host visitors. The opulent décor and poetic inscriptions were designed to make the space feel like a retreat from the bustling commercial center. Explore the masterpiece with Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

<em>Bodhisattva of Compassion Seated in Royal Ease</em> at the Denver Art Museum
Bodhisattva of Compassion Seated in Royal Ease at the Denver Art Museum

Bodhisattva of Compassion Seated in Royal Ease depicts the bodhisattva Guanyin gazing down as if listening intently to its devotees. Guanyin’s name means “the one who always hears.” Discover what makes this 1,000-year-old sculpture a masterpiece with Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum.

<em>Five Beautiful Women</em> by Katsushika Hokusai
Five Beautiful Women by Katsushika Hokusai

“Five Beautiful Women,” by Katsushika Hokusai depicts women of different social backgrounds. Painted on silk, the work prompts the viewer to consider clothing and its relationship to identity. Discover more about Hokusai from Amada Cruz, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director and CEO of the Seattle Art Museum.

<em>Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness</em> by Caravaggio
Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness by Caravaggio

"Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness,” by Caravaggio is characterized by its dramatic chiaroscuro and innovative depiction of Saint John as a brooding adolescent. Learn more about this masterpiece from Julián Zugazagoitia, Director of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

<em>Earth Song</em> by Allan Houser
Earth Song by Allan Houser

Allan Houser’s Earth Song depicts an Apache man singing a song of respect, a prayer to Mother Earth. Discover why Earth Song is a masterpiece with David Roche, Dickey Family Director and CEO of the Heard Museum.

<em>A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – 1884</em> by Georges Seurat
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – 1884 by Georges Seurat

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – 1884 by Georges Seurat is considered to be one of the most important 19th century paintings. Find out more with James Rondeau, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago.

<em>Low Water</em> by Joan Mitchell
Low Water by Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell’s Low Water is an abstract oil painting featuring vibrant colors, dynamic brushwork and dripping fields of paint that draw you in both physically and emotionally. Watch Eric Crosby, Director at Carnegie Museum of Art, explore what makes this a masterpiece.

<em>Pumpkin</em> by Yayoi Kusama
Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama's Pumpkin embodies Kusama’s lifelong fascination with pumpkins. Join Melissa Chiu, Museum Director at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, to explore what makes Pumpkin a masterpiece.

<em>Detroit Industry Murals</em> by Diego Rivera
Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals portrays the geological, technological, and human history of Detroit. Watch Salvador Salort-Pons, Director at the Detroit Institute of Arts, explore what makes Detroit Industry Murals a masterpiece.

<em>Trane</em> by William T. Williams
Trane by William T. Williams

Trane exemplifies Williams’s groundbreaking approach to color, form and subject. Thelma Golden, Museum Director and Chief Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, explores what makes Trane a masterpiece.

Mark Bradford’s <em>150 Portrait Tone</em>
Mark Bradford’s 150 Portrait Tone

Like the now-obsolete “flesh” crayon in the Crayola 64 box, the color “portrait tone” carries inherent assumptions about who is being depicted and presents a sobering commentary on power and representation.