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

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

Media and Performance Art

See what happens when artists perform—live or on-camera—and incorporate themselves and their audience into their work.

Media and Performance Art

See what happens when artists perform—live or on-camera—and incorporate themselves and their audience into their work.

Performing for the Camera
Participation and Audience Involvement
Performing Identities
Dance on Camera / Expanded Choreography

Advanced Placement Art History Exam

A Modern and Contemporary art study set for test-takers, teachers, and lifelong learners alike.

Advanced Placement Art History Exam

A Modern and Contemporary art study set for test-takers, teachers, and lifelong learners alike.

Pop Art

Explore how Pop artists were inspired by—and made art directly from—consumer goods, mass media, and popular culture.

Pop Art

Explore how Pop artists were inspired by—and made art directly from—consumer goods, mass media, and popular culture.

Appropriation
Celebrity

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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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

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

Photography

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

Photography

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

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