Brought to the Web by the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, this online exhibition explores the landscapes of North America using these broad categories: Evolving, Social, Mythic, and Personal. The show includes paintings, drawings, textiles, and photographs from the US, Mexico, and Canada. Each category has its own sub-themes; for example, the Mythic Landscapes, which begins with Emanuel Leutze's pictorial justification for Manifest Destiny, Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way, has sub-themes such as National Icons, Allegories And Their Stories, and Archetype To Stereotype. Selecting National Icons takes the viewer through a series of pictures that function as "visual shorthand for a country's culture and values," such as Tom Thomson's Early Snow, Juan O'Gorman's La ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City), and William H. Jackson's photograph, Grand Canon of the Colorado. One very nice feature of the Website is that, in addition to caption information, most pictures are plotted to a map of the country of origin. Larger images and the maps open in a separate window. There is one slightly confusing navigation point -- sub-theme images are presented in groups of four, with arrows to continue on their right. There are two sets of arrows, top and bottom, but both lead to the same place.


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