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National Gallery of Art: Uncovering America

From the Lessons and Activities section of the US National Gallery of Art (NGA) website's Education Division (featured in the 11-19-1999 Scout Report), Uncovering America provides K-12 teachers with a set of thematic modules featuring NGA works of art that focus on "the intersection of art and American identity and history," and can be used to teach topics such as Activism and Protest, Manifest Destiny and the West, Transportation, and Gordon Parks Photographs. The eleven modules include introductory essays, image sets with background information about each work, suggested questions, and classroom activities. For example, a look into the Immigration and Displacement module shows images such as a 1907 photograph by Alfred Stieglitz that depicts the steerage area of a ship traveling from the United States to Bremen, Germany. Associated questions ask students to "Look closely at the people in this photograph and try putting yourself in their shoes. What do you imagine their travels might have been like?" The collection shows "a wide range of view[points] on immigration," over time, since some artists in this module are working in the 20th and 21st centuries, like Arshile Gorky, Romare Beardon, Dorothea Lange, or Kara Walker, while others represent the 18th and 19th centuries, such as John Singleton Copley or George Catlin.
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March 27th, 2020
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March 9th, 2020 at 10:34am
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March 10th, 2020 at 9:00am
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