America Is Hard to See

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Kids can listen and learn from this audio guide highlighting selected works in America Is Hard to See.

A painting of curvy shapes intersected by a zig zag line.

Narrator: Zip, zoom, boing!

Even before looking at the title of Elizabeth Murray’s oil painting, the bright, zany colors probably give you a joyous feeling. This is NOT the mood you’d have after being stuck inside on a horrible, rainy day.

Instead, Murray’s color blocks, blobs and zigzags show the exuberance of Children Meeting—maybe on a playground—just as the title says.In fact, imagine these shapes were kids—what would the pink line say as it ricocheted past the goofy purple shape?

Hey! Hi there! Gotta go!


Elizabeth Murray, Children Meeting, 1978. Oil on canvas, 101 3/16 × 127 in. (257 × 322.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation, Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President 78.34 © 2015 The Murray-Holman Family Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York