American Art Museum
June 28, 2013 – January 5, 2014
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum is organized around four major themes that defined American photographic character and culture. Each section ranges from the earliest examples of American photography to contemporary work. “American Characters” provides a diverse catalogue of America’s people, landscape, architecture, and everyday objects. “Spiritual Frontier” examines the way in which our early idea of a sprawling, inexhaustible America has changed over time. “America Inhabited” traces America’s rapid industrialization and urbanization and examines our contemporary urban and suburban landscapes. “Imagination at Work” demonstrates how photography’s role of spontaneous witness gradually gave way to contrived arrangement and artistic invention.
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