William Gropper, Patrioteers, from the portfolio The Capriccios, 1953–56, lithograph. Block Museum, Gift of Evelyn Salk in memory of her husband, Erwin A. Salk, 2001.21.38.
This exhibition will showcase artist William Gropper’s highly personal, even visionary, response to his experience as a blacklisted artist in 1950s America. His portfolio of 50 lithographs, created after his experience with the infamous House Committee on Un-American Activities, was inspired by Francisco de Goya’s late 18th-century series of etchings, Los Caprichos. Gropper's Capriccios will be displayed in their entirety for the first time in nearly sixty years.
Blacklisted is curated by Block Graduate Fellow John Murphy.
Support is provided by the Ellen Philips Katz and Howard C. Katz Endowment, Norton S. Walbridge Fund,Louise E. Drangsholt Fund, and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The Block Museum is grateful to Evelyn Salk for her gift of the Gropper portfolio in memory of her husband, Erwin A.Salk.