Global Vistas: American Art and Internationalism in the Gilded Age

May 8, 2020 - August 16, 2020
Teaching Gallery

Global Vistas: American Art and Internationalism in the Gilded Age explores the importance of international travel and exchange to American art of the late nineteenth century, a period of transition for the United States marked by the rise of global trade, international tourism, new waves of immigration, and forces of orientalism and imperialism. Through a selection of paintings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts from the Museum’s collection, this Teaching Gallery exhibition reveals how American artists increasingly defined their nation by looking to the foreign cultures and landscapes of Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean basin. They imbued their art with a modern, multicultural spirit that also announced the country’s emerging status as a global power. 

Global Vistas is curated by Nicole Williams, a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Department of Art History and Archeology in Arts & Sciences, in conjunction with her spring 2020 seminar “American Art and Material Culture of the Gilded Age.” 

Image credit

Sanford Robinson Gifford (American, 1823–1880), Venetian Sails: A Study, 1873. Oil on canvas, 13 x 24". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Bequest of Charles Parsons, 1905.