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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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

Burnham and Root, The Monadnock Building
Burnham and Root, The Monadnock Building

This early skyscraper stretches the limits of how tall a brick building could be

John James Audubon, <em>The Wild Turkey</em>
John James Audubon, The Wild Turkey

This life-size painting of a wild turkey is a copy of the first page in Audubon's famous book Birds of America

Kerry James Marshall, <em>Our Town</em>
Kerry James Marshall, Our Town

The American Dream is not what it seems in this artwork that combines painting and collage

Sari Dienes, <em>Star Circle</em>
Sari Dienes, Star Circle

A plaster cast of a manhole cover from the streets of Manhattan is a testament to this artist's experimental use of materials

Hedda Sterne, <em>Number 3—1957</em>
Hedda Sterne, Number 3—1957

Stripes of industrial spray paint on this canvas recall the industrial city and undersides of highways

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

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

Landscape and the American republic, Frederic Church’s <em>Natural Bridge</em>
Landscape and the American republic, Frederic Church’s Natural Bridge

This vertical landscape of Virginia recalls ancient Roman architecture, tying the American republic to Rome's

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

A modern gem, the Reliance Building
A modern gem, the Reliance Building

How Chicago architecture sprung up thanks to new technology at the turn of the century

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

The natural world and political metaphor, Church's Cotopaxi