The National Portrait Gallery in Washington is currently showcasing powerful artworks that explore the creative visions of some of America’s finest artworks while also delving into our storied social and economic history.
“The Sweat of Their Face” is a powerful and apropos title for a current exhibition on view at the National Portrait Gallery. Indeed, Americans are well-known for their work ethic, much of which has been captured over the decades by our greatest artists.
On view through September 3, 2018, the show presents viewers with representations of American laborers across genres and centuries of art. “Artists such as Winslow Homer, Dorothea Lange, Elizabeth Catlett, and Lewis Hine depict laborers through the changing landscape of America,” the NPG writes, “from child and slave laborers to miners, railway and steel workers, to the modern gradual disappearance of the worker. Approximately 75 objects in all media (including video) highlight a point of connection between the artists and their predominately anonymous subjects.”
To learn more, visit the National Portrait Gallery.
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