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American resilience and the Great Depression

American resilience and the Great Depression

Millard Sheets, Tenement Flats, oil on canvas, 102.1 x 127.6 cm (Smithsonian American Art Museum). A conversation with Dr. Virginia Mecklenburg, Chief Curator,...
What’s in a map? Reading the United “States”

What’s in a map? Reading the United “States”

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, State Names, 2000, oil, collage, and mixed media on canvas, 121.9 x 182.9 cm (Smithsonian American Art Museum)A conversation with...
St Michael defeats the devil in Renaissance Spain

St Michael defeats the devil in Renaissance Spain

Master of Belmonte, St Michael Defeating the Devil, 1450-1500, oil and tempera on wood (The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art). Speakers: Dr. Lauren...
Envisioning Manifest Destiny, Leutze’s Westward the Course of Empire

Envisioning Manifest Destiny, Leutze’s Westward the Course of Empire

Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way (mural study for the United States Capitol building), 1861, oil on canvas, 84.5...
Preserving Nam June Paik’s Electronic Superhighway

Preserving Nam June Paik’s Electronic Superhighway

Nam June Paik, Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995, fifty-one channel video installation (including one closed-circuit television feed), custom electronics, neon lighting, steel...
Carleton Watkins and the business of seeing the American west

Carleton Watkins and the business of seeing the American west

Carleton E. Watkins, Eagle Creek, Columbia River, 1867, albumen silver print, 40.01 × 52.39 cm (LACMA)A conversation with Elizabeth Gerber and Beth Harris. A Seeing...
What does the music of heaven sound like?— St Cecilia in New Spain

What does the music of heaven sound like?— St Cecilia in New Spain

Andrés de Concha, St. Cecilia, 1590, oil on wood (Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City, Mexico)A conversation with Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Lauren...
The City at night, Joseph Stella’s The Voice of the City of New York Interpreted

The City at night, Joseph Stella’s The Voice of the City of New York...

Joseph Stella, The Voice of the City of New York Interpreted, 1920-22, oil and tempera on canvas (five panels), 99.75 x 270 inches overall...
The Mona Lisa — in the Renaissance and today

The Mona Lisa — in the Renaissance and today

A conversation with Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris in front of the Mona Lisa, 1503-06, oil on wood, 77 x 53 cm ...
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris (before the fire)

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris (before the fire)

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris, begun 1163 (recorded before the fire).speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker source