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John Sloan, <em>Movies</em>
John Sloan, Movies

When movies were new and lights transformed the darkened city streets.

Turning Uncle Tom’s Cabin upside down, Alison Saar’s Topsy
Turning Uncle Tom’s Cabin upside down, Alison Saar’s Topsy

Jason and the Golden Fleece and the American anti-Slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin combine to upend our own contemporary myths

Thomas Cole, The Architect’s Dream
Thomas Cole, The Architect’s Dream

Cole, the great American landscape painter looks across the vast history of Western architecture

Faith Ringgold, <em>Ben</em>
Faith Ringgold, Ben

Politics, experience, and humanity on the streets of 1970s New York

Duane Hanson, <em>Executive</em>, originally titled, <em>Another Day</em>
Duane Hanson, Executive, originally titled, Another Day

Museum visitors often mistake this sculpture for a real person

American brilliance at the St. Louis World’s Fair: Libbey’s Punch Bowl
American brilliance at the St. Louis World’s Fair: Libbey’s Punch Bowl

This dazzling, prismatic, brilliant cut glass creates a universe of pattern and reflection.

Marisol, The Party
Marisol, The Party

At this party, everyone has the same face and seems profoundly alone.

Rachel Ruysch, <em>Flower Still-Life</em>
Rachel Ruysch, Flower Still-Life

In the Dutch Golden Age, investors bet big on tulips. The market tanked, but this hyperreal bouquet held its value.