Visions of American Life
|Friday, December 13, 2019
|12:00pm - 5:00pm (5h)
Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850–1940
Amid the cultural, political, and economic shifts that shaped the decades between 1850 and 1940, American painters developed fresh ways of depicting the country and its people, creating new visions of life in the United States. Through their diverse representations, the artists in this exhibition, including Childe Hassam, Thomas Moran, John George Brown, William Glackens, and Jane Peterson, allow us to look back in time and consider a period of great change in the nation’s history.
These paintings highlight many aspects of American life, capturing intimate scenes in the home and suggesting the boisterous energy of public spaces. In unexpected ways, these works offer clues about past national politics, culture, and identity. From sweeping landscapes to still-lifes, the exhibition features paintings drawn from the Manoogian Collection of American Art on loan from the Detroit Institute of Arts.