American Studies

This page highlights Artstor content related to the the people and events that have shaped the history and culture of the United States, including images of painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, graphic design, and photography, ranging from colonial times to the present.
View our Curated Image Group: American Studies, featuring 100 images selected by an expert to serve as an introduction to the topic.

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Browse by Geography, select United States, and then choose a Classification to help you narrow your results

Browse the collections of museums specializing in American art (e.g. Smithsonian American Art Museum or the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum), or browse museums with encyclopedic collections (e.g. The Metropolitan Museum of Art or The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) by Classification, then select United States

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Magnum Photos has shared iconic photographs documenting the history and culture of the United States from the 1940s to the present. Cornell Capa covered major political events, such as the electoral campaigns of Adlai Stevenson, John Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy. Following Robert Kennedy’s assassination in 1968, Paul Fusco captured fleeting images of the thousands of mourners who lined the tracks as Kennedy’s body was carried by funeral train from New York to Washington, DC. Throughout the 1960s, Magnum photographers chronicled the struggles of African-Americans to achieve racial equality, photographing demonstrations, protests, marches, and speeches by prominent leaders of the civil rights movement, especially Martin Luther King, Jr. The Magnum collection includes images of current events in the United States, from on-the-ground photographs of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans in 2005.

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