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1934

April 20, 2009
E. Dewey Albinson: Northern Minnesota Mine

E. Dewey Albinson: Northern Minnesota Mine

This weekend Rachel and I visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s ongoing exhibit 1934: A New Deal for Artists celebrating the 75th anniversary of the New Deal-era Public Works of Art Program, the first federal government program designed to support American artists nationally. The exhibit’s paintings, many of which are viewable online in this gallery and flickr set, offer diverse perspectives on depression-era America. Many of the paintings depict scenes close to the artists’ lives and homes – in the picture above Dewey Albinson, a native Minnesotan, depicts the iron mines of northern Minnesota. It’s difficult to imagine such a program today (for many, many reasons) but we are fortunate these and other New Deal-supported works last. The exhibit is well worth a visit.

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