Design

From the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep, design plays a role in your everyday life.

Design

From the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep, design plays a role in your everyday life.

Everyday Marvels
Plastic
Simple Machines
Chairs

Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionist artists reinvented abstract painting—and other media—forming a distinctly American style.

Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionist artists reinvented abstract painting—and other media—forming a distinctly American style.

The Processes and Materials of Abstract Expressionist Painting
Abstract Expressionism: A New Art for a New World
The Sublime and the Spiritual
Abstract Expressionist Sculpture

What Is Modern Art?

Late-19th-century artists broke with tradition to create art for the modern age.

What Is Modern Art?

Late-19th-century artists broke with tradition to create art for the modern age.

Painting Modern Life
Rise of the Modern City
Modern Landscapes
Modern Portraits
Popular Culture

Investigating Identity

Discover how artists mine the concept of identity—and often challenge it—in their work.

Investigating Identity

Discover how artists mine the concept of identity—and often challenge it—in their work.

The Body in Art
Constructing Gender
Intersecting Identities

Conceptual Art

Discover how Conceptual artists used language, performance, and instructions to fuel creativity, and sought alternatives to institutional settings.

Conceptual Art

Discover how Conceptual artists used language, performance, and instructions to fuel creativity, and sought alternatives to institutional settings.

Language and Art
Sol LeWitt and Instruction-based Art
Outside the Museum
Performance into Art

Minimalism

Explore the simplified forms and rich ideas behind Minimalist art.

Minimalism

Explore the simplified forms and rich ideas behind Minimalist art.

Serial Forms and Repetition
The Materials of Minimalism
Constructing Space

Tools & Tips

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Dada

Discover how Dada artists used chance, collaboration, and language as a catalyst for creativity.

Dada

Discover how Dada artists used chance, collaboration, and language as a catalyst for creativity.

Marcel Duchamp and the Readymade
Chance Creations: Collage, Photomontage, and Assemblage
Artistic Collaboration
Word Play

Surrealism

In a revolution against a society ruled by rational thought, the Surrealists tapped into the “superior reality” of the subconscious.

Surrealism

In a revolution against a society ruled by rational thought, the Surrealists tapped into the “superior reality” of the subconscious.

Tapping the Subconscious: Automatism and Dreams
Surrealist Objects and Assemblage
Surrealism and the Body
Surrealist Landscapes

Photography

Explore the many different ways photography has been used to document and examine the modern world.

Photography

Explore the many different ways photography has been used to document and examine the modern world.

Posed/Unposed
Photography and Public Image
Photography as Witness
Sets, Stories, and Situations
The Photographic Record