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.

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.

Disillusionment in 1970s America
Disillusionment in 1970s America

Museum visitors often mistake this sculpture for a real person

Fashion & alienation in 1960s New York
Fashion & alienation in 1960s New York

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

<em>If All the World Were Paper…</em>
If All the World Were Paper…

From the Manhattan Project to nursery rhymes, a collision of art and science.

Teaching guide<br>Benny Andrews, <em>Flag Day</em>
Teaching guide
Benny Andrews, Flag Day

Does the figure emerge from the flag, or does it imprison him?

A mine disaster and those left behind
A mine disaster and those left behind

An explosion in a mine kills 111, Shahn captures the devastation of those left behind.

Rauschenberg’s Homage to JFK
Rauschenberg’s Homage to JFK

A portrait of a president transformed by tragedy.

Maintenance art
Maintenance art

The artist asks us if maintaining can be as important as creating.

JFK and the power of media
JFK and the power of media

Go backstage at the 1960 Democratic National Convention with photographer Gary Winogrand.

Transcendence and Cold War
Transcendence and Cold War

Spirituality and transcendence were important postwar themes expressed in Rothko's work.

A Harlem street by Jacob Lawrence
A Harlem street by Jacob Lawrence

Lawrence captures the vitality of Harlem and highlights the issues around access to medical care for people of color.