Contemporary America

From the skyscapes to shoelaces — art as diverse as our contemporary culture.

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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

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.

Inspiration at Yosemite
Inspiration at Yosemite

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

Framing the American Dream
Framing the American Dream

Building the American dream in the California desert.

Correcting the lies of history
Correcting the lies of history

How can we begin to correct the lies of history? Artist Kenseth Armstead suggests a poetic solution.

Disillusionment in 1970s America
Disillusionment in 1970s America

Museum visitors often mistake this sculpture for a real person

<em>American Kabuki</em>
American Kabuki

Teraoka draws on Japan's brilliant history of art and kabuki theatre to create beauty from heartrending tragedy

Light, time, and transcendence
Light, time, and transcendence

A viewing station for sunrise and sunset, Turrell’s work manipulates light, time, and perception.

The Culture Wars and Richard Serra’s <em>Tilted Arc</em>
The Culture Wars and Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc

Who should be the arbiter of taste—the person on the street, the artist, the courts?

Carrie Mae Weems, <em>Kitchen Table Series</em>
Carrie Mae Weems, Kitchen Table Series

Weems confronts identity, family, and the myth of home in this iconic series of photographs.

Nari Ward, <em>We the People</em> (black version)
Nari Ward, We the People (black version)

Hundreds of shoelaces form just three words. Here, the artist takes an abstract idea and makes it immediate.