Heaviness of Isolation A woman carries her sandals as she walks along the beach in Ocean City, Md. A woman steps away from "American Gothic" while walking through a Grant Wood exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The doubtle-portrait painting was the signature piece in the Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables exhibition at the New York City museum. A woman watches out a window in the waiting room of the Salisbury, Md., CarMax. She slowly grew more impatient the longer the ride she was waiting for grew overdue. A man tries on a hat at an Ocean City, Md., beachfront store as mannequins stand out front. A man wearing a straw hat rides the subway in New Jersey. A solitary customer tests the fit of a pair of cowboy boots while visiting Allens Boots in Austin TX. A man sits alone in a booth at the Down Under Subs & Pizza in Snow Hill, Md. The small spot, a local favorite, is just outside Snow Hill proper on MAryland's Eastern Shore. Abstract expressionist artwork surrounds a woman sitting in the Contemporary Art section of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.