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People in the Sun, by Edward Hopper

November 29, 1972

Modern American Art opens at the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The special installation contains some fifty contemporary paintings and sculptures, including part of the S. C. Johnson collection.More

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