1945 – 1980

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

Norman Lewis, <em>Untitled</em>
Norman Lewis, Untitled

Lewis leaves behind the figure for abstracted fragments at the end of World War II

Sam Gilliam, <em>Purpled (Chasers Series)</em>
Sam Gilliam, Purpled (Chasers Series)

Sam Gilliam trespasses the distinction between painting and sculpture

Representing the inner self: Charles Sebree’s <i>The Mystic</i>
Representing the inner self: Charles Sebree’s The Mystic

Charles Sebree expresses his inner self in The Mystic.

Mies in Manhattan, mid-fifties modern: The Seagram Building
Mies in Manhattan, mid-fifties modern: The Seagram Building

An International Style gem on Park Avenue

Romare Bearden, <em>Three Folk Musicians</em>
Romare Bearden, Three Folk Musicians

Bearden thought about painting like music.

A modern icon: Beauford Delaney’s <i>Marian Anderson</i>
A modern icon: Beauford Delaney’s Marian Anderson

Delaney celebrates the famous opera singer Marian Anderson as a modern icon of Black excellence and civil rights

Thelma Streat, <i>Girl with Bird</i>
Thelma Streat, Girl with Bird

Is the bird real or imagined?

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.

A Memphis juke joint
A Memphis juke joint

This swaying juke joint belies its purpose as the central meeting place enlivened by music and dance in many African American communities, but its jubilance is tempered by the painting's ominous atmosphere

Politics and humanity in 1970s New York
Politics and humanity in 1970s New York

Buttons, flags, and booze — Ben conjures up a specific time and place.