Seeing America (general)

Seeing America is a multimedia learning resource for American history and art developed and distributed by Smarthistory together with a consortium of museums.

Check back for more — new content is being added regularly.

Participating museums
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Denver Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Minneapolis Museum of Art, National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution), Newark Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, and the Wadsworth Atheneum

Generously funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Walton Family Foundation.















Horace Pippin, Mr. Prejudice, 1943. oil on canvas, 46 x 35.9 cm (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
The ongoing struggle against discrimination in the U.S. undermined the sense of victory for African Americans in both world wars.

Horace Pippin, Mr. Prejudice





Thomas Eakins, The Agnew Clinic, 1889, oil on canvas, 214 cm × 300 cm (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
From the silver used to make colonial sugar bowls to the steel used in submarines—how work, exchange, and technology have shaped the United States.

Work, exchange, and technology


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