Historical Society of Long Beach Presents Sue Ann Robinson on Easel Art of the New Deal in Long Beach
2011-08-01 · By Editor
You are invited to a FREE program being held in conjunction with the Historical Society of Long Beach and their exhibit entitled, “Rebuilding for the Future: A New Deal for Long Beach 1933 – 1942.” Join the Long Beach Museum of Art Director of Collections, Sue Ann Robinson, for a discussion about easel paintings created by artists employed by Roosevelt’s New Deal and its WPA (Works Progress Administration), program Friday, August 5, 2011 at the HSLB Gallery.
Robinson discovered some of these paintings while conducting a city-wide inventory of art works in Long Beach. Easel paintings, unlike murals painted during the New Deal, had a tendency to “wander. ” Thanks to Robinson’s discoveries, they are being catalogued for preservation by the Fine Arts Program of the General Services Administration.
The Museum holds these WPA paintings on long term loan as a public trust. Their history sheds light on the great diversity of artists who were able to survive and continue their careers after the Great Depression, thanks in some measure to their employment in a federal art program.
Plan to attend to hear Ms Robinson’s timely and interesting presentation, and to view the outstanding exhibition of photographs documenting the artwork and infrastructure that the New Deal made possible in Long Beach.
The illustrated talk takes place at the Historical Society of Long Beach, 4260 Atlantic Avenue, 90807, August 5 at 7 PM. It is free.