You can visit the Smithsonian this fall without packing your suitcase! Join us for a unique perspective on American life through the study of artworks from the 19th century lure of the West through the World War II era. In a sweeping panorama series of four interactive video conferences direct from the Smithsonian, docents will virtually meet with us to discuss and examine art from its collection. This art reflects the cultural, social, and political climate of the times in which they were created. The four themes are: Seeing is Thinking – the languages of art which will provide the foundation and common vocabulary for our analysis, interpretation, and critiques; Early America – the historical context of the creation of our nation; Wars at Home and Abroad – depictions of America during the troubled time from the Civil War to WWII; Contemporary Life – Americans entering the post-War era, experiencing an economic boom, clouded by global uncertainty, and social and political upheaval. Join us for this fascinating journey as we gain a fuller perspective on what it means to be an American today. Meets on September 13, September 20, September 27, October 4.