Seeing America – Periods: 1980-present










MTV's moonman, first broadcast 1981
It's never been harder to define "art" than it is today, but one thing is certain — artists are always having a conversation with the time they live in.

1980 – now



Roger Minick, Woman with Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park (Sightseer series), 1980, dye coupler print, 38.1 x 43.18 cm, ©Roger Minick (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
The majesty of Yosemite National Park — with Roger Minick and the woman with the scarf.

Inspiration at Yosemite











Wayne Thiebaud, Ponds and Streams, 2001, acrylic on canvas, 182.9 x 152.4 cm (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, ©Wayne Thiebaud)
Can the commonplace working farmland of California's Sacramento River Valley be a place of of breathtaking beauty?

The landscape remade



Masami Teraoka, American Kabuki, 1986, watercolor and sumi ink on paper mounted on a four-panel screen, 196.9 x 393.7 x 3 cm (de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco) © Masami Teraoka
Teraoka draws on Japan's brilliant history of art and kabuki theatre to create beauty from heartrending tragedy

American Kabuki