America: A History in Art
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.
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)
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.
A boon of opportunity for some, a curse for others, America proclaimed its own Manifest Destiny as it moved inexorably west.
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.
American identity as a merchant powerhouse, an artistic voice, and political broker set the stage for its place at the table of world leaders.
America steps up onto the world stage amidst chaos and turmoil, only to rise like a phoenix from the ashes.
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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