“Works in Progress: Prints from the New Deal” runs from November 13, 2020 to January 16, 2021. The exhibition features American prints from the period of the Great Depression. Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected President of the United States in 1932, promised the American public a “New Deal” to end the Great Depression, the long economic downturn that followed the global stock market collapse of 1929. One of the programs he ushered in was the Works Progress Administration, which eventually employed over 8 million Americans and funded government construction of roads, bridges, airports, and schools, as well as public art that left an indelible imprint on the nation’s memory. Thousands of American artists and their families survived on the support of the W.P.A. in the 1930s and early 1940s, creating an array of imagery that depicted labor, industry, transportation, leisure and, perhaps most importantly, our shared humanity. The exhibition reveals the work of that generation, frank yet optimistic prints that open a unique window on an unforgettable era of hardship and resilience.
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