ArtHistory Winter 2016/17

America: A History in Art

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From its first proclamations of national independence to its establishment as a world superpower, in less than 250 years, America has forged a unique history. Strengthened by its unity, powered by its diversity, it is a country of vision and visionaries, and through it all artists have portrayed this American experiment.

Beginning March 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Chief Curator Preston Metcalf will take us on a six-week voyage through time, as he looks at the events that shaped our history and the art that colors the way we see and remember it.

Thursday Evenings

All lectures will be at the Triton Museum of Art, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $85 TMA members, $105 general admission
($20 drop-in fee per lecture)

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March 2, 2017


The birth of a nation was neither easy nor clean, but the newly minted “Americans” eventually found their identity, in part by looking into history’s distant past.

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March 9, 2017

Westward Expansion

A boon of opportunity for some, a curse for others, America proclaimed its own Manifest Destiny as it moved inexorably west.

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March 16, 2017

Torn Asunder

In the Civil War America was forced to confront its past of exclusion, its present of confrontation, and its future as a land of liberty for all. They are lessons we are still confronting today.

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March 23, 2017

The Gilded Age

American identity as a merchant powerhouse, an artistic voice, and political broker set the stage for its place at the table of world leaders.

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March 30, 2017

The World at War

America steps up onto the world stage amidst chaos and turmoil, only to rise like a phoenix from the ashes.

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April 6, 2017

Into the Modern

As post-war America matured into a leader of politics, business, the arts, and opportunity, we are led to question: matured into what? And what, if anything, have we learned from our past?

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