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November 03, 2023

American Places: Featuring Selections from the Corcoran Collection

James Amos Porter, "Ticket-Taker at Griffith Stadium"

James Amos Porter   
Ticket-Taker at Griffith Stadium, c. 1944
oil on canvas
overall: 77.25 x 104.78 cm (30 7/16 x 41 1/4 in.)
framed: 87.31 x 114.3 x 4.76 cm (34 3/8 x 45 x 1 7/8 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Corcoran Collection (Gift of Constance Porter Uzelac, Executive Director, Dorothy Porter Wesley Research Center, Wesport Foundation and Gallery, Washington, D.C.)

American Places: Featuring Selections from the Corcoran Collection
National Gallery of Art, Washington, November 3, 2023–May 5, 2024

Being alone and being in a crowd: American artists in the early 20th century recognized these opposed but essential aspects of modern life—isolation and congestion—often coexist. Paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, Grant Wood, and Hale Woodruff evoke the solitude of rural places. Others by George Bellows, Stuart Davis, and David Park conjure the chaos and vibrancy of city life.  

The installation also features selected works by artists who were affiliated with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, a place that had a formative influence on American art. The diverse works on view, created by early educators as well as more recent instructors, students, and artists who exhibited there over the years, suggest the richness of the art made in Washington, DC.

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