Opening Reception + Lecture with Helen Langa
Join us for the opening of “INK, PAPER, POLITICS: WPA-Era Printmaking from the Needles Collection.”
Thursday, September 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
“Diverse Visions: Democratic Drama of 1930’s Prints”
Opening reception and lecture by Helen Langa, American University.
Free and open to the public.
The Works Progress Administration gave federal financial support to a wide range of artistic projects during the Depression, from fiction to fine art. Printmaking supported by the WPA is perhaps the one of most enduring interest: the design of the program itself, the political climate, and the very nature of the medium together produced a distinctive approach to style and subject matter, impressive technical innovations, and a surprising degree of social fluidity among artists around issues of race and gender.