Virtual: Art Lecture: Diversity and Controversy in WPA Murals with Sylvia Laudien-Meo

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During FDRs presidency, under the auspices of the WPA/FAP, thousands of murals were commissioned nationwide for federal buildings, most famously post offices and hospitals. While each project was carefully reviewed by an official jury to assure its appropriateness for a public space, our contemporary perspective is different and many murals reflect systemic racism or an unacceptable expression of white supremacy. On the other hand, the WPA also commissioned leading African American artists like Aaron Douglas, Vertis Hayes, Georgette Seabrook and Charles Alston, especially in Harlem. Art in public spaces is powerful and this discussion is still relevant today.

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