This two-hour art program presents some of the most important American artists and art in the context of the cultural and social transformations that defined the identity and nature of America in the 20th century. Each section of the film examines one of three basic questions: How do American artists represent the world around us? How do American artists represent themselves? How do American artists help us understand how mass media has transformed our sense of self and society? Through the work, ideas and lives of more than 50 leading artists and scholars, these questions stimulate the viewer to think about what makes us distinctly American.