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Over the next two years, this resource will grow to include 100 videos, 18 essays, quizzes, discussion questions and lesson plans.
Smith created this in 1992, responding to the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in North America.
The “father of video art” argued that electronic communication, not transportation, unites the modern world.
New York put growth ahead of all else, resulting in the loss of important historic buildings, like Penn Station.
The idea of “progress” was essential to the 1939 World’s Fair, and this glass chair was upending tradition.
Pour a little out for the proletariat: the Robin Hood of earthenware pitchers brought modern design to the people.
The Art Deco style of this skyscraper was urbane and luxurious—a swansong of glamor as the Great Depression hit.
Riis snapped photos of the urban poor during midnight police raids—but only because he cared.
Is there a political message behind this image of two farmers settling the price of a horse?
Warhol’s art celebrates the consumerism and advertising that inundated American culture in the 1960s.