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Smithsonian American Art Museum Tour
Join us for a Special Docent Led Tour of the
Experience America Exhibit
at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
Please log on ten minutes before the scheduled start time.
The 1930s was a heady time for artists in America and its uniqueness is captured in this exhibition.
Through President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs, the federal government paid artists to paint and sculpt and urged them to look to the nation's land and people for subjects. For the next decade--until World War II brought support to a halt--the country's artists captured the beauty of the landscape, the industry of America's working people, and a sense of community shared in towns large and small despite the Great Depression. The tour will also focus on the work of Jewish artists and of other immigrants in the 1930’s .
Many of the paintings in Experience America were created in 1934 for a pilot program designed to put artists to work; others were produced under the auspices of the WPA, which followed. The thousands of paintings, sculptures, and murals placed in schools, post offices and other public buildings stand as a testimony to the resilience of Americans during one of the most difficult periods of our history.
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 10:00 AM until 11:15 AM