Thomas Moran (American, 1837–1926). The Great Cave, Pictured Rocks, Lake Superior, Michigan, 1873. Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches. Manoogian Collection.

American Spectacle: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection

June 8, 2018 – August 5, 2018

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From sweeping landscapes to still life paintings, the eleven works on view in this exhibition reveal a variety of ways artists struggled to define the nation. Painted between 1855 and 1936, these works depict images of American spectacle–dramatic moments, places, and events in U.S. history. The turn of the century was a time of immense change, which prompted artists to explore issues of American culture and identity, national memory, and the meaning of history and progress.

This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts and made possible by the Richard and Jane Manoogian Collection. This exhibition and museum collaboration is made possible by Terra-Art Bridges, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art and Art Bridges, Inc. Generous support has been provided by the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation.

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