We the People: Picturing American Identity
LocationThe Amon Carter Museum of American Art
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American identity: a subject oft-debated, perhaps because most of us aren't natives. We came from elsewhere, by choice or by force, years ago or very recently. But in the wake of horrific acts like the recent bombs detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, a place for euphoria and celebration of human endurance, we see clearly something that defines us all: strength and courage, dozens of people running toward danger rather than away from it, small and large kindnesses, open doors. This has always been the exception of the American spirit, even when it wasn't the law or the norm. The Amon Carter's timely exhibit examines works of art from key moments in our nation's history, such as the Civil War, women's suffrage, the civil rights movement, and the freewheeling activism of the '60s, to determine who and what has made and shaped America over the decades.