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The Corcoran Gallery of Art is generally considered to have been the first art museum in the United States. It was originally housed in the Renwick Gallery built in 1859. Now a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the Renwick houses William Wilson Corcoran 's collection of American and European art.
This is a short 20 step guide to the history of American art, including painting, sculpture, architecture and contemporary art forms, from Colonial times on. For early culture in the Americas, see: Pre-Columbian Art (1200 BCE-1535 CE). For later native American culture, see: American Indian Art (1000 BCE-1900).
How Joshua Johnson Became the First Black Professional ? Joshua Johnson. , the first professional African American artist to work in the United States. An active painter in Maryland and Virginia from roughly the 1790s to 1825, Johnson was all but forgotten until the middle of the 20th century. In 1939, Baltimore genealogist and art historian J. Hall Pleasants attributed 13 paintings to Johnson and
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