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The WPA Era: Urban Views & Visions

May 12 – June 27, 1992


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Artists included in this exhibition: Thomas Hart Benton, Virginia Berresford, Isabel Bishop, Dorothy Cogswell, Max Arthur Cohn, John Costigan, Ralston Crawford, Julio De Diego, Philip Evergood, Joe Jones, Maurice Kish, Norman Lewis, Louis Lozowick, Reginald Marsh, Paul Meltsner, Irene Rice Pereira, Carl Pickhardt, Louis Ribak, Georges Schreiber, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, Joseph Solman, Raphael Soyer, Miklos Suba, Yvonne Twining, Vaclav Vytlacil, Guy Wiggins, and Joseph Wolins

The WPA Era: Urban Views & Visions, examines various stylistic interpretations of America's cities executed during the 1930s and early 1940s, a point commonly reffered to as the WPA era.

Art of the WPA era is frequently associated with traditional social realist imagery, such as breadlines and Hoovervilles. However, many artists were creating more dynamic, avant garde visions of urban American life. In addition to the social realist views, this exhibition explores Cubist, Surrealist, and Expressionist renderings of the urban landscape.