Art for the Millions: American Culture and Politics in the 1930s (Hardcover)

Art for the Millions: American Culture and Politics in the 1930s By Allison Rudnick, Kirsten Pai Buick (Contributions by), Max Fraser (Contributions by), Rachel Mustalish (Contributions by) Cover Image

Art for the Millions: American Culture and Politics in the 1930s (Hardcover)

By Allison Rudnick, Kirsten Pai Buick (Contributions by), Max Fraser (Contributions by), Rachel Mustalish (Contributions by)

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Reveals how American art in the 1930s—intertwined with the political, social, and economic tumult of an era not so unlike our own—engaged with the public amid global upheaval
 
This publication examines the search for artistic identity in the United States from the stock market crash of 1929 that began the Great Depression to the closure of the Works Progress Administration in 1943 with a focus on the unprecedented dissemination of art and ideas brought about by new technology and government programs. During this time of civil, economic, and social unrest, artists transmitted political ideas and propaganda through a wide range of media, including paintings and sculptures, but also journals, prints, textiles, postcards, and other objects that would have been widely collected, experienced, or encountered. Insightful essays discuss but go beyond the era’s best-known creators, such as Thomas Hart Benton, Walker Evans, Marsden Hartley, and Georgia O’Keeffe, to highlight artists who have received little scholarly attention, including women and artists of color as well as designers and illustrators. Emphasizing the contributions of the Black Popular Front and Leftist movements while acknowledging competing visions of the country through the lenses of race, gender, and class, Art for the Millions is a timely look at art in the United States made by and for its people.
 
Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
 
Exhibition Schedule:
  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(September 6–December 10, 2023)
Allison Rudnick is associate curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Product Details ISBN: 9781588397690
ISBN-10: 1588397696
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publication Date: September 26th, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English
“A useful overview of a sometimes overlooked part of the history of twentieth-century art and design in this country.”—Karen Wilkin, New Criterion