Virtually explore the Smithsonian American Art Museum with Smarthistory as your guide
videos + essays
Take a trip across the U.S.A. with Nam June Paik's "Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995."
The painting that inspired a National Park
Superman makes an appearance in what looks (at first sight) like a Japanese print.
Cats, gossip, and laundry — a view of Los Angeles during the Great Depression.
Thinking about our history in a different way helps us rethink our present.
Daniel Boone, Moses, and the western frontier: creating an American mythology
The “father of video art” argued that electronic communication, not transportation, unites the modern world.
Refusing to be known only for African-American genre pictures, Tanner was devoted to lush religious scenes.
In order to capture the beauty of America’s national parks, Brown faced the prejudices of the lawless West.