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These galleries display a selection of works from the Museum’s collection of art from the Americas post 1900 across themes exploring social awareness, identities, and spirituality.

The current installation takes a thematic rather than a chronological approach, presenting dialogues across time and place. Embracing the diversity that is both local and throughout the Americas, these works underscore the ability of art to expose social injustices as well as internal strengths, becoming a unifying force toward common humanitarian goals.

Themes currently on view explore social awareness, identities, and spirituality, and include recent museum acquisitions of work by Nick Cave and Jean Cornwell Wheat. Politically charged works by Hugo Crosthwaite, José Luis Cuevas, and William Gropper are highlighted, as well as social documentary photography by Esther Bubley, Bruce Davidson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and W. Eugene Smith. Other artists include: Romare Bearden, Obata Chiura, Ala Ebtekar, Marsden Hartley, Juan Manuel Hernandez, Marianela de la Hoz, Hughie Lee-Smith, Francis Luis Mora, George Luks, Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Pelton, Diego Rivera, John Sloan, Cauleen Smith, and Wayne Thiebaud. Works by Francisco Zúñiga and Tony Rosenthal are also featured, relating to outdoor sculptures in front of the museum. Alternating works will be introduced throughout the year to broaden the range of artists and subjects.