"Scenes from the WPA." John Lustig, ISM Lockport Gallery director. John will be speaking on the art made during the years of "The Great Depression" (1935-1943).
The Federal Artist Project, under the initiative of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, employed thousands of artists across the country in what we would refer to today as economic stimulus. What resulted was the creation of approximately 200 thousand works of art that illustrated the American story during this time of uncertainty for the nation. Join us for a multi-media presentation as a particular focus will be paid to the portrayal of the human figure in society through the art created during this era. Consideration is also given to the relationship of art to the viewer and the American consciousness as well as the relevance of art to the cultural bias of contemporary society.
Some background information about the speaker ...
John joined the ISM Lockport Gallery staff in November 2012. Previously John served as
the Public Art Manager for the city of Lancaster, PA, since 2011. Prior to that, John held a dual position at Indiana State University as the Director of the Permanent Art Collection and the Curator of the University Visual Collections. Indiana State holds a WPA collection comparable in size and scope to the Illinois State Museum's WPA collection.