What Unites Us: Americana Art From the Permanent Collection

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What Unites Us: Americana Art From the Permanent Collection

May 20 – September 11, 2022
Reception: Saturday, May 28 | 4-6pm

PHOEBE AND BELMONT TOWBIN WING

What Unites Us: Americana Art From the Permanent Collection is a collection of images celebrating America throughout the 20th century, from historical moments like V-J Day to iconic events like the Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969. Represented are photographs, paintings and illustrations of rural life, street scenes, patriotic flags, music, pastimes and icons by artists such as Russell Lee, Konrad Cramer, Sally Jacobs, Elliot Landy and more. 

Also included is a mini-exhibition within the same four walls titled What Divides Us featuring a selection of four artworks that point broadly to divisive issues that threaten the unity between Americans of different backgrounds. These images of religion, racial injustice, climate change and discrimination reference sources of significant social disunity and remind us of the value of diversity, equity and inclusion in our society. 

Image (left): Sally Jacobs, Betty’s Antique Shop, Oil on canvas, 1949.

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