City and country

We think about the city and the country as opposites, but they have more to do with one another than you would expect.

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Whistler, <i>Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket</i>
Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket

A critic accused Whistler of “flinging paint at the public” when he saw this painting, so Whistler sued him.

Science, religion, and politics, Church’s <i>Cotopaxi</i>
Science, religion, and politics, Church’s Cotopaxi

The natural world and political metaphor, Church's Cotopaxi

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

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

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

Public art, politics, and the banishing of Civic Virtue
Public art, politics, and the banishing of Civic Virtue

How a statue representing well-functioning government ended up in a cemetery

Soaring upward, Louis Sullivan and the invention of the skyscraper
Soaring upward, Louis Sullivan and the invention of the skyscraper

A miracle on Bleecker Street, ornament, invention, and one of the great early skyscrapers

Revisiting a frozen sea
Revisiting a frozen sea

A Hudson River School artist looks north

Before Penn Station, Bellows & old NYC
Before Penn Station, Bellows & old NYC

The awesome beauty of a large hole in the earth, dug to bring railroads to Manhattan.

Clean water for a young Philadelphia
Clean water for a young Philadelphia

Top American bucket list destination in 1821

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

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

<em>Migrant Mother</em>, behind the Icon
Migrant Mother, behind the Icon

Meet the two women behind this iconic 1936 photograph.