Seeing America — all works

Seeing America was created by Smarthistory with 17 leading museum collections and examines the long history of the United States, from before European settlers to the modern era.

Finding meaning in abstraction
Finding meaning in abstraction

Does abstract art mean something? How can a viewer approach such a work of art?

Thinking about cultures
Thinking about cultures

This jug is one of the earliest known alkaline-glazed stoneware face vessels made by enslaved people or their descendants in the Edgefield District of South Carolina.

Revisiting a frozen sea
Revisiting a frozen sea

A Hudson River School artist looks north

An American Story
An American Story

The Wyeths have a long history of painting the American story

Diego Rivera, <em>Man Controller of the Universe</em>
Diego Rivera, Man Controller of the Universe

What will technology bring us? A more egalitarian society, a world where everyone can be educated? Or will it bring greater inequality? We still debate these issues...

Cotton, oil, and the economics of history
Cotton, oil, and the economics of history

Sail, steam, cotton, and oil — the engines of the American economy.

Lilly Martin Spencer, <em>The Home of the Red, White, and Blue</em>
Lilly Martin Spencer, The Home of the Red, White, and Blue

How women contributed to the repairing a country that had been torn apart.

Cuban cigars, Cuban independence
Cuban cigars, Cuban independence

The Port of Havana, cigar shops, and Cuban independence

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

The critics at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago noted: "American art has made something of itself."

The pueblo modernism of Ma Pe Wi
The pueblo modernism of Ma Pe Wi

A modernism emerges from tourism, boarding schools & indigenous traditions

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.

Explore the diverse history of the United States through its art. Seeing America is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Alice L. Walton Foundation.