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The Art that’s Made in USA

April 29, 2014

Made in USA ArtPBS’ Frank Carlson spotlights a Made in USA exhibit showcasing and examining the evolution of American art… it’s vast, expansive, and multifaceted.

A Made in USA exhibit at Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection chronicles American artists and their evolution — “from romantic depictions in the 19th century, to dealing with urbanization and its discontents in the 20th, to abstract expressionism following World War II” (PBS).

Spanning a vast period — 1850 to 1970 — the show relies on the tastes of the museum’s founder, Duncan Phillips, who sought out works that he believed worth protecting, as its filter.

“Our founder spent his entire career, 50 years of collecting, really trying to identify American artists who were at the beginning of their careers, and assembling what he believed to be the very best American art,” says exhibit curator Susan Frank.

Through more than 200 works, the collection showcases artists from very different backgrounds and periods as they wrestled with and interpreted their sense of place in a vast and changing America, in settings both rural and urban.

The exhibit runs through August 31, 2014. (via PBS)

At Manchester Wood we’re always moved by American adeptness. Always changing, always growing, and yet there’s a nostalgia of an ideal. Through the Made in USA identity, the art of who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we’re headed to goes much further than a marketing tag… it’s the simple quest of a quality enriched dream in the land we call America.

Who are your favorite American artists? What does the story of America mean to you?

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  • Reply john May 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I go out of my way to purchase MADE IN USA goods…we should do our best to employ and make strong Americans.

  • Reply Jamini May 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I Love Made in the USA and especially Manchester Wood products. I just bought their tray tables and they are well made, really beautiful, and perfect for their intended use. I also Love the carrying and hanging handle addition to the tabletop. I want to support Americans and I find that products that are Made in the USA last longer, are better quality, look well made & are attractive, and have a better design than other products. I also LOVE that I am supporting other people who live here and work hard like I do and who deserve to be well paid for their work. I don’t want to support sweat shops or buy cheaply made products that just end up in the landfill. Thanks to Manchester Wood and Ed & Priscilla for providing these wonderful products for our use.

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