Past Exhibitions

A New Deal: Art of the Great Depression

April 6–June 17, 2012
MMA Pacific Street

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a Federal program designed to put vast numbers of the unemployed to work during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. This recovery act brought forth by President Franklin Roosevelt, coined “The New Deal,” organized public works efforts that included construction of public buildings, roads, arts and literacy projects. Local artists had the opportunity to create artworks in public spaces which depicted the social-political atmosphere of the time. Perseverance and determination, with hopes of resolution, are often illustrated with men and women at work set in urban and rural scenes. Landscapes reference the result of community collaboration, as multiple building structures or farm crops rise up and wind around newly constructed roads, implying a fertile and progressive future. A New Deal: Art of the Great Depression, will display a series of powerful lithographs, etchings and woodcuts that highlight this formative period of twentieth century America.
Image: Charlotte Rothstein, Lineman, 1938, lithograph on paper, gift of Captain John B. Robertson