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British Museum show charts American art from 1960s to Trump

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A British Museum representative poses for photographs next to "Vote McGovern" by Andy Warhol which features in "The American Dream: pop to the present" exhibition during a media photocall at the British Museum in London, Monday, March 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from March 9 and runs until June 18, charts modern and contemporary print making. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press A British Museum representative poses for photographs next to "Vote McGovern" by Andy Warhol which features in "The American Dream: pop to the present" exhibition during a media photocall at the British Museum in London, Monday, March 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from March 9 and runs until June 18, charts modern and contemporary print making. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — The British Museum, famous for a collection that ranges from Egyptian mummies to medieval glasswork, has turned its gaze on the modern United States.

A British Museum representative poses for photographs next to "Flag I" by Jasper Johns which features in "The American Dream: pop to the present" exhibition during a media photocall at the British Museum in London, Monday, March 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from March 9 and runs until June 18, charts modern and contemporary print making. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press A British Museum representative poses for photographs next to "Flag I" by Jasper Johns which features in "The American Dream: pop to the present" exhibition during a media photocall at the British Museum in London, Monday, March 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from March 9 and runs until June 18, charts modern and contemporary print making. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

A new exhibition, "The American Dream," charts the tumultuous half-century from the 1960s to the present through artworks broadly categorized as printmaking.

British Museum representatives pose for photographs in front of and behind "Standard Station" by Edward Ruscha which features in "The American Dream: pop to the present" exhibition during a media photocall at the British Museum in London, Monday, March 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from March 9 and runs until June 18, charts modern and contemporary print making. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press British Museum representatives pose for photographs in front of and behind "Standard Station" by Edward Ruscha which features in "The American Dream: pop to the present" exhibition during a media photocall at the British Museum in London, Monday, March 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from March 9 and runs until June 18, charts modern and contemporary print making. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The deceptively plain label embraces wildly diverse styles, from the abstract woodcuts of Donald Judd to the comic-style pop art of Roy Lichtenstein.

A British Museum representative poses for photographs next to "Standard Station" by Edward Ruscha which features in "The American Dream: pop to the present" exhibition during a media photocall at the British Museum in London, Monday, March 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from March 9 and runs until June 18, charts modern and contemporary print making. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press A British Museum representative poses for photographs next to "Standard Station" by Edward Ruscha which features in "The American Dream: pop to the present" exhibition during a media photocall at the British Museum in London, Monday, March 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from March 9 and runs until June 18, charts modern and contemporary print making. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The show suggests that political turmoil is as American as the 4th of July.

A British Museum representative poses for photographs next to Andy Warhol's "Mao", left, and Jim Dine's "Drag: Johnson and Mao" which feature in "The American Dream: pop to the present" exhibition during a media photocall at the British Museum in London, Monday, March 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from March 9 and runs until June 18, charts modern and contemporary print making. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press A British Museum representative poses for photographs next to Andy Warhol's "Mao", left, and Jim Dine's "Drag: Johnson and Mao" which feature in "The American Dream: pop to the present" exhibition during a media photocall at the British Museum in London, Monday, March 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from March 9 and runs until June 18, charts modern and contemporary print making. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

British Museum director Hartwig Fischer says that "as a new president enters the White House and another chapter of U.S. history begins, it feels like an apposite moment to consider how artists have reflected America as a nation over 50 tumultuous years."

A British Museum representative poses for photographs next to an illuminated American flag at the entrance of "The American Dream: pop to the present" exhibition during a media photocall at the British Museum in London, Monday, March 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from March 9 and runs until June 18, charts modern and contemporary print making. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

A British Museum representative poses for photographs next to an illuminated American flag at the entrance of "The American Dream: pop to the present" exhibition during a media photocall at the British Museum in London, Monday, March 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from March 9 and runs until June 18, charts modern and contemporary print making. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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