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Alfredo Jaar

Overview page. Subjects: Art — United States History.

(1956– )

Chilean artist. Born in Santiago, he left his native country as an exile from the Pinochet regime in 1981. He now lives and works in New York. Jaar's work is highly...

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Alison Saar

Overview page. Subjects: Art — United States History.

(b. 5 February 1956),

artist. Alison Saar works in diverse media, but she is best known for her sculpture and installations developed through assemblage, using recycled materials....

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Alma Thomas

Overview page. Subjects: Art — United States History.

(b. 22 September 1891; d. 24 February 1978), abstract artist.

Thomas created paintings that are in a way reminiscent of Handel’s “Water Music” or Schubert’s “Trout Quintet.” They...

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American System of Manufactures

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art — United States History.

(19th century)

The American System of Manufactures came to international attention at the Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, London, of 1851, and reflected the rapid...

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Augusta Savage

Overview page. Subjects: Art — United States History.

(1892–1962).

Sculptor. Largely because much of her work was lost or destroyed, she is more remembered today for her community activism during the Harlem Renaissance than for her...

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Before Hollywood

Peter Decherney.

in Hollywood

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Cultural History; Film; Film and Video Art. 3847 words.

‘Before Hollywood’ describes how early film technology and storytelling methods developed out of older media. It begins with Thomas Edison’s Vitascope and the first dedicated movie...

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Betye Saar

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Art.

(b. 30 July 1926),

artist. Born Betye Irene Brown in Los Angeles, California, Betye Saar is a renowned assemblage artist and the mother of three daughters—Lezley, Alison, and...

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The blacklist and the Cold War

Peter Decherney.

in Hollywood

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Cultural History; Film; Film and Video Art. 4257 words.

Hollywood’s foray into politics during World War II had major repercussions in the postwar period. It led to standoffs with conservative factions in Congress, it fractured the Hollywood...

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Cleveland

Overview page. Subjects: Art — United States History.

Cleveland, Ohio, celebrated its centenary in 1896, the year in which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld segregation laws in its decision in the Plessy v. Ferguson case. Twenty years later ...

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Deborah Willis

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Art.

(b Philadelphia, PA, 5 Feb 1948),

photographer, curator, and scholar. Willis was born in North Philadelphia to a hairdresser mother and a policeman father who was an amateur...

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