This glossary explains some of the techniques, mediums, art movements, and other terms you’ll encounter on our website, along with links to examples in the collection.
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Farm Security Administration (FSA)
Established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937, the Farm Security Administration (FSA) provided relief to farmers who had been left impoverished
A style of painting in the first decade of the 20th century that emphasized strong, vibrant color and bold brushstrokes over realistic or representational
Art that seeks to challenge the dominance of men in both art and society, to gain recognition and equality for women artists, and question assumptions
Art retaining strong references to or depictions of the real world and particularly to the human figure.
The relationship between a depicted form (the figure)
A series of moving images, especially those printed on photographic celluloid and projected onto a screen or other surface.
A person who directs or produces movies.
A photograph often taken during the production of a film that shows a particular moment or scene. These photographs are often used as advertisements or
Founded by George Maciunas and chiefly active from the early 1960s to the late 1970s, Fluxus was a loose international group of artists, poets, and musicians
A specific size and style of a typeface—for example, Arial 12-point bold, or Times New Roman 10-point italic. The term is often confused with typeface,
The shape or structure of an object, figure or structure
An object—often utilitarian, manufactured, or naturally occurring—that was not originally designed for an artistic purpose, but has been repurposed in
A technique that involves rubbing pencil, graphite, chalk, crayon, or another medium onto a sheet of paper that has been placed on top of a textured object
Furniture and interiors
An object or environment designed to accommodate human activities such as sitting, sleeping, or eating. Examples include chairs, tables, and kitchens.
An Italian movement in art and literature catalyzed by a 1909 manifesto published in a newspaper by Italian poet F. T. Marinetti. The text celebrated new