Becoming America

Open May 31, 2019 – May 2022

Frederick Edwin Church, View of the Hudson River Valley from Olana


This spring, the MOA is proud to open a new semi-permanent exhibition of American Art from the MOA collection entitled Becoming America. This exhibition opens on May 31, 2019, and will remain on display as a semi-permanent exhibition for three years.

Becoming America will continue in the tradition set by the MOA’s recent American exhibitions by showcasing works by renowned artists including Maynard Dixon, Minerva Teichert, Norman Rockwell, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and others. The exhibition will also bring works to light which have not been previously displayed.

The paintings, prints, and sculptures in this new exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection of the BYU Museum of Art, speak of the many frontiers on which America has been and continues to be formed. They are cultural, ideological, as well as physical frontiers, symbolic spaces where powerful ideas constantly rush into each other in a vast river—against which, and within which, America explores its potential.

While each artwork tells its own story, they are gathered in thematic groups as though in dialogue, in conversation. We invite you to join in the conversation, to commune with our collection and explore the frontiers of America’s land and peoples, of economic potential and division, frontiers of freedom and conflict, frontiers in which America’s power is most evident not in what it is, but in what it is still becoming.


What is America?

Gallery Talk: Slowly Looking In

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Gallery Talk

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

12:10 – 12:40

Education Week Gallery Talk: Becoming America

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

12:30 – 1:00 PM

Curator Lecture: "Putting on a Show: The Making of Becoming America"

Thursday, September 19, 2019

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Art After Dark

Friday, September 20, 2019

7:00 – 10:00 PM

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