Americana art isn’t just about patriotic flags and prints of Uncle Sam. It is a unique slice of the American experience. The term is used to categorize many different images that reflect the charm and nostalgia of America’s past. It evokes a sense of patriotism and reflects the history, traditions, folklore, artifacts and culture of the United States.

Well known are the paintings and illustrations of rural life and street life, farms and factories, workers and families by artists such as Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper and Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma”  Moses.

Though many artworks can be labeled Americana, its most original form is traditional folk art. Many paintings were executed by self-taught artists who would paint family portraits, scenes of the rural landscape, or still-life paintings of everyday utilitarian ware.

This collection includes an array of current exhibitions, sculptures and paintings that span back to the 19th century. Subjects range from U.S. presidents and the Civil War to Hudson River landscapes and birds of America—a mix as diverse as America itself.

Watch the special NYC-ARTS Presidents Day episode for more.

2 Lincoln Square

new york N.Y. 10023

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99 Gansevoort Street

new york N.Y. 10014

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns some 50 sculptures by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907), the American Beaux-Arts sculptor who worked in New York, Paris, and Cornish, New Hampshire.

170 Central Park West

new york N.Y. 10024

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1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

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12 Fulton Street

new york N.Y. 10038

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1220 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10029

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1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

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Great Hall of Van Rensselaer Manor House

1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

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This entrance hall from the Van Rensselaer manor house outside of Albany, New York, was one of the grandest domestic spaces in colonial America.

170 Central Park West

new york N.Y. 10024

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Keeping the Revolution Alive: The John Ward Dunsmore Collection

54 Pearl Street

New York N.Y. 10004

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Painter John Ward Dunsmore, known for his faithful and realistic depictions of the battles of the Revolutionary War, is the subject of this exhibition dealing with the iconography of American culture.

170 Central Park West

new york N.Y. 10024

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24 West 57th Street

new york N.Y. 10019

(212) 245-6734

Tiffany: The Glass

New York City Building

queens N.Y. 11368

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Taking a close look at the patterns, textures and colors of glass used by the Tiffany Studios overseen by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the exhibition highlights some of the most commonly used types of sheet glass produced at the Tiffany Furnaces in Corona, Queens and also includes two windows and eleven ...

Washington Crossing the Delaware

1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

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Emanuel Leutze's depiction of Washington's attack on the Hessians at Trenton on December 25, 1776, was a great success in America and in Germany. Leutze began his first version of this subject in 1849.

2 Lincoln Square

new york N.Y. 10023

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170 Central Park West

new york N.Y. 10024

2128733400