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Enough to Live On: Art from the WPA--Krannert Art Museum, January 27 - April 22, 2017: Home

This guide provides additional resources and information on the artists included in the exhibition Enough to Live On: Art from the WPA. The exhibition is on view from January 27 - April 22, 2017 at the Krannert Art Museum (KAM).

About This Guide

This guide provides additional resources and information on the artists included in the exhibition Enough to Live On: Art from the WPA, on view from January 27 - April 22, 2017 at the Krannert Art Museum (KAM). If you need help finding additional information, please contact the Ricker Library

About KAM and the Collection

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About the Exhibition

In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed the New Deal, a series of programs that sought recovery and reform from the Great Depression by creating jobs and aiding the unemployed with enough money to live on. Under the Works Progress Administration, the Federal Art Project (1935–1943) was the largest of the New Deal art programs and focused on all areas of the visual arts—including design, the fine arts, and art education.

Thousands of artists were commissioned by the government to create public works that captured the state of the nation at that time, which resulted in prints disseminated throughout the country, hundreds of murals installed in various government buildings, and the creation of various community centers. This exhibition focuses on WPA works—prints, paintings, and sculptures—allocated from the federal government that are currently housed in the museum's permanent collection.

Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite.

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