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Andy Warhol Andy Warhol, Elvis I and II, 1964.
Two panels: left, silkscreen on acrylic on canvas; right, silkscreen on aluminum on canvas, 82 x 82 in. (208.3 x 208.3 cm) each.

Jackson Pollock Jackson Pollock, Number 27, 1950, 1950.
Oil on canvas, 49 x 106 in. (124.5 x 269.2 cm).

Robert Smithson Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970.
Rock, salt crystals, earth, and water with algae, 1,500 ft. (457.2 m) length, approximately 15 ft. (4.6 m) width. Great Salt Lake, Utah

Allan McCollum Allan McCollum, Plaster Surrogates, 1982/84.
Enamel on Hydrostone, various sizes.

Elizabeth Murray Elizabeth Murray, Children Meeting, 1978.
Oil on canvas, 101 3/16 x 127 in. (257 x 322.6 cm).
The American Century:
Art & Culture 1900-2000

Part II, 1950-2000, of The American Century will be on view from September 26, 1999, through February 13, 2000.

This groundbreaking exhibition of over 1,200 works of art, filling the entire Museum building, explores the evolution of American identity over the past one hundred years as seen through the eyes of the nation's artists. Part II charts the dynamism of the decades between 1950 and 2000 by focusing on the avant-garde--those artists who continually challenge basic assumptions about what art is and what the role of artists should be within the turbulent social atmosphere of twentieth-century America. On view are such icons of American art as Andy Warhol's Elvis I and II and Jackson Pollock's Number 27, 1950, and work by the most celebrated artists of the last fifty years including Cindy Sherman, Alex Katz, Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Eva Hesse, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, Allan McCollum, and Jasper Johns. (A complete list of works in the exhibition will be available on this website later this month). The exhibition begins on the fifth floor with Abstract Expressionism and the 1950s, and continues chronologically through the major avant-garde movements such as Fluxus and Assemblage of the 1950s, Pop art and Minimalism of the 1960s, Street Culture, Conceptual art, and a resurgence of painting in the 1970s and 1980s. The exhibition finishes with a view of the final decade of the century as we look toward the next millennium.

As part of this landmark exhibition, the Film & Video Department presents The Cool World: Film and Video in America 1950-2000, a survey of the development of avant-garde film and video in America. A complete Film & Video program schedule, which includes brief introductions to many of the program's featured films, filmmakers, movements, and themes, is available online as a PDF file. (To print the 20-page schedule or to view it on screen, you must download and install a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Whitney Museum and Intel Corporation have developed The American Century Online Exhibition, one of the most extensive sites ever produced for a single art exhibition. Two hundred works from Parts I and II of the exhibition are presented along with additional materials that dynamically relate both art and artists with the themes, historic events, and social issues of the period. Visitors to the Museum can also view the website in The American Century Online Exhibition Center, where high-speed computers are available for easy viewing of the exhibition's innovative, in-depth website.

Tickets for The American Century will be $12.50 for adults and $10.50 for senior citizens, students with valid ID, and groups of fifteen or more. For the first time at the Whitney, the public can purchase timed tickets in advance (with a $2-per-ticket service charge) online or by calling toll-free 1-877-WHITNEY.

To accompany the exhibition, the Whitney Museum presents two magnificent, indispensable publications, each covering one half of the twentieth century. The publications provide a comprehensive history of American art within the nation's cultural and political milieu, as well as a permanent record of the landmark exhibition. Whitney members receive a 20% discount on the publications, as well as unlimited free admission to the Museum and to the exhibition. Join today to enjoy The American Century to the utmost, along with many other privileges.

The American Century: Art & Culture 1900-2000
Organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art
Presented by Intel Corporation 

Additional support for this exhibition is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Committee of the Whitney Museum, Booth Ferris Foundation, and The Lauder Foundation, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder Fund. Educational and Public Programs are funded by a generous grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston.

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