Monday, June 15

America Is Hard to See

Charles Demuth (1883-1935), My Egypt, 1927
"Drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection, America Is Hard to See takes the inauguration of the Museum’s new building as an opportunity to reexamine the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Comprising more than six hundred works, the exhibition elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown appear alongside beloved icons in a conscious effort to unsettle assumptions about the American art canon. ..."
Whitney Museum of American Art
[PDF] Whitney Museum of American Art - Press Office
New Yorker: Seeing Music. By Alex Ross.
NY Times: Review: New Whitney Museum’s First Show, ‘America Is Hard to See’
WSJ: ‘America Is Hard to See’ Review: Old Favorites in Provocative New Company
At the New Whitney Museum, America Is Actually Very Easy to See