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A brutal history told for a modern American city, Mexican muralism in New York
How a portrait of an African muslim came to hang side-by-side with the founding fathers in one of America's earliest museums.
Go backstage at the 1960 Democratic National Convention with photographer Gary Winogrand.
According to the artist (Reginald Marsh), at Coney Island, “The best show is the people themselves.”
Global trade in a cup of tea: Colonial America, sugar and slavery.
A portrait of a president transformed by tragedy.
Blue snow and violet-tinted flesh—the Impressionists radically changed our expectation of color.
The surprising pictorial effects of modern art may seem at first like errors, but they are quite intentional!
The gun that "won the West" also transformed American manufacturing and marketing.
The artist asks us if maintaining can be as important as creating.
Nazi violence forced many artists and intellectuals to leave Germany in the 1930s, and like Grosz, many came to the United States.
Captured here in paint, this grand Californian landscape would soon disappear under water.