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NOV 2014

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F O C U S I N : O R G A N I Z A T I O N U P D A T E S F ive leading museums came together in January 2014 with a daunting challenge: To cel- ebrate the history of Ameri- can art through 100 great works—20 from each museum's collection. In collaboration with the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), artists, estates, foundations, and rights agencies, the museums are able to share these 100 works with the public. In August, 50 of these works were reproduced in tens of thousands of pub- lic spaces nation- wide, including billboards, street furniture, transit hubs, and many other advertising channels. This collabora- tive effort follows a successful 2013 version in the United Kingdom, and is the first of its kind in the United States. It affords an unprecedented opportunity to acquaint millions of people with some of America's best and most memorable artworks. Picturing America The 100 selected artworks span the history of the United States, from portraiture before and after the Ameri- can Revolution in 1776, to landscapes of the nineteenth century, to scenes of daily life in the last quarter of the 1800s, to still-life paintings and images of the well-to-do. Selections from the early twentieth century take us to the American West through pho- tography, then on to the emergence of abstract painting on American soil. World War I is commemorated in col- orful tributes, followed by artworks championing the centrality of the agrarian tradition and the emergence of an industrial economy. Gritty urban scenes document- ing the Great Depression are joined by an image of the Dust Bowl in the West. The genius and travails of African Ameri- cans at that time are commemorated, along with Surreal- ists' fascination with human psy- chology and percep- tion. Abstract Expres- sionism's explosion on the scene in the 1950s is chronicled in multiple mas- terpieces, and Pop Art takes the stage in the 1960s with several instantly recognizable images from the world of advertising and mass media. The decades since the 1970s are repre- sented by the disparate forms and concerns of artists questioning the received wisdom of the past, probing topics ranging from identity politics, to race, to gender stereotypes. Inviting Reflection All in all, the 100 works chosen by Art Everywhere bring us face-to-face with the story of our nation, told by the visionaries who captured our essence at the time they lived and worked, and who, to this day, compel us to find our place in the evolving story of America. From a stained-glass window to a prairie quilt, the art- works in this wide-ranging selection invite reflection on the vernacular of American art, from high art to the everyday, from East to West, and from our origins to the present moment. Art Everywhere provides chance encounters with great works of art to reflect the story of our country, encourage everyone to visit their local museums, and start a national conver- sation about the importance of nurtur- ing creativity in our schools and in our daily lives. Enjoy the biggest art exhibition in history! Learn more about Art Everywhere and view all 100 artworks at arteverywhereus.org. Art Everywhere affords an unprecedented opportunity to acquaint millions of people with some of America's best and most memorable artworks. e Page sponsored by:

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