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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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Atsidi, Sani

Peter Iverson.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Native American History; World History; Metalwork. 715 words.

Atsidi, Sani (1830–1917), Navajo silversmith, was born in Navajo country in present-day Arizona near Canyon de Chelly, a member of the Dibelizhini (Black Sheep) clan. His parents’ names and...

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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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Beckett, Ronald Brymer

Elisabeth Beckett.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism; Art Education; Art. 1077 words.

Beckett, Ronald Brymer (1891–1970), administrator in India and art historian, was born on 17 January 1891 in Micklefield Terrace, Rawdon, Yorkshire, the son of James Robertson Beckett...

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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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