1980 to now

It's never been harder to define "art" than it is today, but one thing is certain — artists are always having a conversation with the time they live in.

videos + essays

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

Stefanie Jackson, <i>Bluest Eye</i>
Stefanie Jackson, Bluest Eye

Taking the name from Toni Morrison's debut novel, this painting's figures and scenes show the clash of innocence and the adult violence of bigotry and hatred

An American Story
An American Story

The Wyeths have a long history of painting the American story

Endangered coastlines and lifeways
Endangered coastlines and lifeways

A Shinnecock artist's view

Teaching guide<br>Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, <em>State Names</em>
Teaching guide
Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, State Names

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's map of North American state names drawn from Indigenous languages focuses on stolen lands, making clear the influence of Native peoples on the continent.
APUSH: KC-8.2.II.B, KC-9.2.II.C
TEKS: 113.41.(13)(A)

Native Hosts
Native Hosts

Signs that guide historical understanding

An artist asks: war or healthcare?
An artist asks: war or healthcare?

Sue Coe's Aids won't wait, the enemy is here not in Kuwait, 1990

Mapping nature’s stunning beauty
Mapping nature’s stunning beauty

The river's brilliant reflections gave shape to this enormous sculpture in silver

A desert on fire, Salgado in Kuwait
A desert on fire, Salgado in Kuwait

Finding heroism amidst one of the world's great environmental disasters.

1980 – now
1980 – now

It's never been harder to define "art" than it is today, but one thing is certain — artists are always having a conversation with the time they live in.

Inspiration at Yosemite
Inspiration at Yosemite

The majesty of Yosemite National Park — with Roger Minick and the woman with the scarf.

Superman, WWII, Japanese Americans
Superman, WWII, Japanese Americans

Superman makes an appearance in what looks (at first sight) like a Japanese print.

Framing the American Dream
Framing the American Dream

Building the American dream in the California desert.