Art Exhibit underscores value of public funding for the arts
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will host 1934: A New Deal for Artists, an exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Project. The project was created under the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration.
The exhibit, which runs from May 26-August 21, underscores the value of public funding for the arts:
The Farm, 1934 by Kenjiro Nomura
Artists from across the United States who participated in the program were encouraged to depict “the American Scene,” but they were allowed to interpret this idea freely. They painted regional, recognizable subjects—ranging from portraits to cityscapes and images of city life to landscapes and depictions of rural life—that reminded the public of quintessential American values such as hard work, community, and optimism. These artworks, which were displayed in schools, libraries, post offices, museums, and government buildings, vividly capture the realities and ideals of Depression-era America.
The exhibition is arranged into eight sections: “American People,” “City Life,” “Labor,” “Industry,” “Leisure,” “The City,” “The Country,” and “Nature.” Works from 13 of the 16 regions established by the Advisory Committee to the Treasury on Fine Arts are represented in the exhibition.