Curated by Marco Goldin, Director of Linea d'ombra, some 240 paintings by 19th-century American artists were on display in conjunction with an International conference on this same topic. In addition to the paintings, 60 photographs, 10 sculptures, and 80 Native American objects from the 1800s were on view. The exhibition was mounted around four themes presented chronologically: classical landscapes, work of the Hudson River School, paintings by United States artists who had toured Italy and, finally, canvases by the American Impressionists. A fifth section was devoted entirely to Western art.
America!... was comprised of major loans from many U.S. museums, most notably the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition and conference were supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Smithsonian Institution.