Figuratively Speaking (about New Deal Art)
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 on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 2:00 PM for “Figuratively Speaking,” a multi-media presentation led by John Lustig, Director of the ISM Lockport Gallery. Mr. Lustig will focus on the portrayal of the human figure in society through the art created during this era. He will also consider the relationship of art to the viewer and the American consciousness as well as the relevance of the art to the cultural bias of contemporary society. This free event begins at 2:00 PM and lasts approximately one hour; it is part of the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery’s Sunday Series of programs which accompany our current exhibition Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art from the Illinois State Museum Collection. Reservations are not required to attend, though seating is limited. Doors open at noon on Sunday to view the current exhibition; event begins at 2:00 PM. Figurism runs through April 19, 2013.