State of the Union & Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School

For those of you who tuned in to last week’s State of the Union address, you may have noticed high school senior Estiven Rodriguez on stage being lauded by President Obama for his academic accomplishments. A special guest of First Lady Michelle Obama, Estiven was invited as a representative of one of our Teen Docent Program partner schools– Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School! To see the video, click below:

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Congratulations, Estiven and WHEELS!

The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks

On the first day of the semester, the Teen Docents discussed a significant work of art that is on long-term loan here at the American Folk Art Museum: THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM by Edward Hicks. At least sixty-one other versions on this theme by the artist, who was trained as an ornamental painter, have been identified so far. Three of these paintings are on view currently at the Yale Art Gallery.

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THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM AND PENN’S TREATY, Edward Hicks (1780–1849), 1829 –1830, oil on canvas, Yale Art Gallery, bequest of Robert W. Carle, 1965.46.3

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THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM, Edward Hicks (1780–1849), c. 1829–1830, oil on canvas, Yale Art Gallery, bequest of Robert W. Carle, 1965.46.2

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THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM OF THE BRANCH, Edward Hicks (1780–1849), c. 1825– 1830, oil on canvas, Yale Art Gallery, gift of Robert W. Carle, 1958.12