Although the original tour was a diplomatic debacle, its reconstruction provides a valuable view of the directions in American art at mid-century.
Perle Fine was on the vanguard of American art in the 40s and 50s. Her work belongs to the nation's flagship art collections. So why don't you know her name?
At a time when most museums were purchasing European art, the Swope's first director was acquiring the new American paintings that would define the field.