videos + essays

Over the next two years, Seeing America will grow to include 100 videos, 18 essays, quizzes, discussion questions and lesson plans.

The Chief Johnson Totem Pole
The Chief Johnson Totem Pole

Learn about the story of Fog Woman and Raven and the generations of this totem pole from the Tlingit

Henry Ossawa Tanner, <em>The Good Shepherd</em>
Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Good Shepherd

Painted after the end of World War I and amid pressure to "represent his race" as a Black man, Tanner brings biblical scenes into the modern world

Walter Ufer, <em>Hunger</em>
Walter Ufer, Hunger

Ufer, a German immigrant to the United States, seeks an authentic American art in New Mexico on the heels of World War I and the influenza epidemic.

Rosa Rolanda, <em>Self-Portrait</em>
Rosa Rolanda, Self-Portrait

Rolanda, a close friend of Frida Kahlo, explores her Mexican identity in the 1930s with surrealism and a volcano

Georgia O’Keefe, <em>Radiator Building—Night, New York</em>
Georgia O’Keefe, Radiator Building—Night, New York

O'Keeffe takes on the New York skyline in the 1920s

An environmental crisis, Hogue’s <em>Crucified Land</em>
An environmental crisis, Hogue’s Crucified Land

Gashes in the land and a scarecrow crucifix speak to the environmental crisis of the Dust Bowl

Stephen Mopope, <em>Game of Skill</em>
Stephen Mopope, Game of Skill

An ode to a taken homeland, this painting features a broad landscape of the Wichita Mountains and an everyday scene of the Kiowa people

Eldzier Cortor, <em>Southern Landscape</em>
Eldzier Cortor, Southern Landscape

A dream-like flooded landscape—does is suggest bleakness or hope?

Hale Woodruff, <i>The Banjo Player</i>
Hale Woodruff, The Banjo Player

Woodruff reimagines racist tropes of Black banjo players with a figure who is confident and joyful

Ben Shahn, <i>Contemporary American Sculpture</i>
Ben Shahn, Contemporary American Sculpture

Ben Shahn's painting asks: Who belongs in the art world?

The Long History of Stone Mountain, Georgia
The Long History of Stone Mountain, Georgia

Perhaps the largest relief sculpture in the world, this Confederate memorial is an expression of 20th and 21st century racial politics.

Monument Avenue and the Lost Cause
Monument Avenue and the Lost Cause

A conversation that took place on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, just before the last Confederate monument on the boulevard was removed in September 2021