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The American
Dream
pop to the
present

9 March – 18 June 2017
This exhibition has closed

Sponsored by

Morgan Stanley

Supported by

The Terra Foundation for American Art

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Exhibition video credits

Featured artworks, reproduced by permission of the artists:

Jasper Johns, Flags I. Colour screenprint, 1973. © Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York/DACS, London. © Tom Powel Imaging.
Robert Rauschenberg, Sky Garden. Colour lithograph and screenprint, 1969. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
Richard Estes, Grant’s. Colour screenprint, 1972. © Richard Estes, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York.
Claes Oldenburg, Profile Airflow. Moulded polyurethane relief over lithograph, 1969. © Claes Oldenburg/MoMA, New York/Scala, Florence.
Ed Ruscha, Standard Station. Colour screenprint, 1966. © Ed Ruscha/MoMA, New York/Scala, Florence.
Jim Dine, Drag: Johnson and Mao. Photo-etching with stencil colour, 1967. © Jim Dine.
Wayne Thiebaud, Gumball Machine. Colour linocut, 1970. © Wayne Thiebaud/DACS, London/VAGA, New York.
General Idea, AIDS wallpaper. Colour screenprint, 1989. © Estate of General Idea, courtesy Maureen Paley, London/Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Guerrilla Girls, Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into The Met Museum? Colour offset lithograph, 1989. © Guerrilla Girls/Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Emma Amos, Mississippi Wagon 1937. Colour monotype and photo laser transfer, 1992. © Emma Amos
Mel Bochner, I’ve Had It Up To Here. Etching with aquatint, 2012. © Mel Bochner, courtesy Simon Lee Gallery.

With thanks to Flickr: Creative Commons and the following people who have shared their photos under a CC Attribution License 2.0:

USMC Archives - Sea Knight Helicopter, 1969
Kristine Paulus - Optica
Fenwench - Blueberry Pancakes
Kim Ahlström – BACON
Steve Snodgrass - The Ultimate Otis Redding, Imperial
Brad Hammonds - Taxi Sign
Brett Monroe - Happy Hour
Eli Christman - Weekend Trip
Beverly & Pack - Patriotic Uncle Sam & Rosie the Riveter together, add your own custom message
Joshua Ganderson - untitled
Phil Roeder - Living History Farms
Squeezyboy - Circuit Board
Reynermedia - Shuttle Atlantis Flying
Florian Plag – Hydrant
Rob Ketcherside - Broadway Central Market, architectural details, 1927
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Lunar Module
Jo Naylor - rail road crossing
CC BY 2.0

Joiseyshowaa - Early morning fireworks over Biscayne Bay - July 4
Steve Cadman - Hire Car Number Plate #2
Jerry "Woody" - ALBERTA #2 1985-2003, TRUST TERRITORY PACIFIC ISLANDS, MARSHALL ISLANDS 1972 passenger, HAWAII 1957-61 ---TRUCK LICENSE PLATE, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, ST. JOHN low number passenger plate
CBS Fan – Graffiti
Franco Folini - Mural: Revolution
Normalityrelief – Clarity
NASA on The Commons - Apollo 14 Crew Training
Alan Stark - Loop 101 and Interstate 17 Interchange (7)
A. - ; U.S. Department of the Interior - Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
Insomnia Cured Here - General Electric (1941)
Jonathan McIntosh - Anti-Sexist Stickers
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Sun Rising on the Final Shuttle Mission
Jürgen Glüe - Paris 12
Daniel Lobo - Free D.C.
CC BY-SA 2.0