Although night scenes - or nocturnes - have been produced by artists for centuries, it was American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) who made the subject famous - or perhaps more accurately, infamous. In 1877, one of Whistler's nocturnes, displayed in London, enraged critic John Ruskin who declared, "[I] never expected to hear a coxcomb as 200 guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." In response, Whistler sued Ruskin for libel and the subsequent court case essentially became a trial about the validity of modern art. Before Whistler produced his nocturnes, the night was treated merely as background. After Whistler, however, night became a subject in itself. From narrative work by publishers Currier and Ives, to atmospheric work by Whistler, to abstractions by Ben Shahn, this exhibition - from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art - features key examples of nocturnes from the 19th century to the 1960s.