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America Seen: Photography from the Permanent Collection


Of the 6,000-plus works in the Neuberger Museum of Art’s permanent collection, over 1,000 are photographs. This exhibition features the work of native and naturalized Americans, who collectively, through diverse processes and perspectives, provide a distinctively American social documentary.

America Seen includes work created from the 1920s through the present day. Those from the first two decades were executed at a time when avant-garde movements challenged the boundaries of photography and established it as an accepted form of “high art.” Those created between the 1950s through the present day, show the ways in which many photographers begin to subvert notions of objectivity and assert the photographer’s effect on the subject and the choice and mediation of content. From urban and rural portraiture to the changing landscape and its metaphorical resonance, these photographs trace the many facets of an evolving American identity as well as the evolution of modern American art.


America Seen: Photography from the Neuberger Museum of Art Collection is organized by the Neuberger Museum and curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator. Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Friends
of the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Purchase College Foundation.

Free admission for all the first Saturday of every month

Always free for museum members; Purchase College faculty, staff, and students; and children under 12

Age 12 to Adult $5
Adults 62+ $3

Free Docent-led tours Wednesday-Saturday at 1:00 PM

To arrange a guided or self-guided group tour, please complete this TOUR REQUEST FORM or contact the Education Department via e-mail or phone (914.251.6110).