You can visit the Smithsonian this summer without packing your suitcase! Join us for a sweeping panorama and unique perspective on American life through the study of artworks from the nineteenth century lure of the West through the World War II era. In a series of four live interactive video conferences direct from the Smithsonian, docents will virtually meet with us to examine and discuss works of art in its collection that reflect the cultural, social and political climate of the times in which they were made. The four themes are: (1) Seeing is Thinking — the languages of art, which will provide the foundation and common vocabulary for our analysis, interpretation and critiques; (2) Early America — the historical context of the creation of our nation, through artworks from colonial to Jacksonian America; (3) Wars at Home and Abroad — 8 depictions of America during the troubled time from the Civil War to WWII; (4) 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 to gain a fuller perspective on what it means to be an American today. All materials will be provided.