15 Episodes

North America

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On Site
Gesture by
Nicholas Cullinan
, curator

Jackson Pollock (American): Number 28, 1950

This painting is incredibly honest; Pollock isn’t trying to fool us in any way.
#97
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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On Site
Hipster by
Jan Glier Reeder
, curator

Charles James (American, born Great Britain): Evening dress

The construction defies any usual dress-making norms.
#93
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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Close-Ups
Accident by
Samantha Rippner
, curator

Robert Rauschenberg (American): Accident

It’s just the start of what we now know as the media and the barrage of information that infiltrates our daily life.
#87
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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On Site
Arrival by
Morrison Heckscher
, curator

The Great Hall

It serves the kind of function that railroads used to serve: masses of people efficiently being moved from place to place.
#86
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Close-Ups
Freeze Frame by
Thayer Tolles
, curator

Frederic Remington (American): The Old Dragoons of 1850

Remington’s mythic vision has become our vision.
#98
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Clips
Paris - New York by
Peter Kenny
, curator

Charles-Honoré Lannuier (American): Card table

It wasn’t for poker at night with the boys.
#69
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Close-Ups
Compassion by
Carrie Rebora Barratt
, associate director

John Trumbull (American): The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar

Every one of his pictures has an agenda.
#61
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Rotations
Ephemeral by
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen
, curator

Louis Comfort Tiffany (American): Hair Ornament

I think he looked at this with special eyes and those eyes help transform the way we look at nature.
#47
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Rotations
Motion by
Marla Prather
, curator

Alexander Calder (American): Mobile

I think the mobiles help to slow us down.
#45
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Close-Ups
In the Void by
Betsy Kornhauser
, curator

Sanford Robinson Gifford (American): A Gorge in the Mountains (Kauterskill Clove)

The artist daringly creates an enormous void, and what he does so brilliantly is to fill the void with this extraordinary light.
#44
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Juxtapositons
Sea Change by
H. Barbara Weinberg
, curator

Winslow Homer (American): Northeaster

The sea is a universal realm, and it’s a place that we don’t really understand.
#42
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Juxtapositons
Over the Top by
Beth Carver Wees
, curator

Designed by Paulding Farnham (American); Manufactured by Tiffany & Co.: The Adams Vase

It’s not something for everyone, but in terms of its moment it’s a star.
#23
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Pages
Dedicated to Myself by
Doug Eklund
, curator

Dan Rochford (American): Girls I Have Known

The entire album is an exercise in exploring what the pictures mean to him and what people’s relationships to photographs can tell us.
#17
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Clips
Below the Surface by
Ian Alteveer
, curator

Jasper Johns (American): White Flag

As I warmed up to this work, I realized that a work can be inscrutable and you can still love it.
#19
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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On Site
Modern Living by
Amelia Peck
, curator

Frank Lloyd Wright (American): Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota

This was my first step into modernism, which after this I began to appreciate more and more.
#2
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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