The selected works offer glimpses of life in the United States during the twentieth century. The images include scenes created by artists from different countries and offer a range of interpretations of both urban and rural life. The chronological sequence allows for a discussion of the important changes that were occurring not only in American history but also in the development of art. Throughout the discussion, consider how American culture and identity are defined and represented in visual art.
Edward Hopper. Gas. 1940
Jacob Lawrence. In the North the Negro had better educational facilities. 1940–41
Piet Mondrian. Broadway Boogie Woogie. 1942–43
Andrew Wyeth. Christina's World. 1948
Jeff Wall. After “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue. 1999–2000
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