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Frank Lloyd Wright, Bachman-Wilson House
Frank Lloyd Wright, Bachman-Wilson House

This building is a beautiful testament to Wright's vision of affordable and unique domestic architecture.

Jonas Lie, <em>The Conquerors (Culebra Cut, Panama Canal)</em>
Jonas Lie, The Conquerors (Culebra Cut, Panama Canal)

Lie portrays man’s dominance over nature in his painting of the construction of the Panama Canal.

Pepón Osorio, <em>En la barbería no se llora (No Crying Allowed in the Barbershop)</em>
Pepón Osorio, En la barbería no se llora (No Crying Allowed in the Barbershop)

Osorio’s art explores the experience of being Puerto Rican in New York City.

Sam Gilliam, <em>Purpled (Chasers Series)</em>
Sam Gilliam, Purpled (Chasers Series)

Sam Gilliam trespasses the distinction between painting and sculpture

Hale Woodruff, <i>The Banjo Player</i>
Hale Woodruff, The Banjo Player

Woodruff reimagines racist tropes of Black banjo players with a figure who is confident and joyful

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

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...

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."

Elsie Driggs, <em>Blast Furnaces</em>
Elsie Driggs, Blast Furnaces

The awesome steel mills of Pittsburgh in the 1920s made an impression on the young Elsie Driggs.

Beyond New York, Bellows & World War I
Beyond New York, Bellows & World War I

Beyond the street of New York, Bellows grapples with the horrors of the First World War

Teaching guide<br>Norman Rockwell, <em>Rosie the Riveter</em>
Teaching guide
Norman Rockwell, Rosie the Riveter

Rockwell's painting of Rosie the Riveter captured the power felt by the unprecedented number of women in the workforce during World War II. But how accurately did it depict the experiences of the diverse women who contributed to the war effort?
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