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Through April 2022

The sea’s power and beauty have long commanded the attention of artists. This concise installation of prints, drawings, and photographs explores some of the ways the ocean has fired the imaginations of artists working in France, the United States, the Netherlands, and Japan from the 1600s to today.

Highlights include a print by Édouard Manet that depicts a naval battle in the American Civil War off the coast of France, an etching by Kara Walker reflecting on the traumas of the transatlantic slave trade, and works by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Alfred Stieglitz.

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Theresa A. Cunningham, Margaret R. Mainwaring Curatorial Fellow

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