NEW YORK, NY.-
The stock market crash of 1929 initiated a chain of events that crippled the American art scene. As money from private patrons and museums evaporated, artists joined the nations staggering number of unemployed workers. The toils and triumphs of a wide range of individual artists and art organizations documented in letters, photographs, journals, business records and oral-history interviews at the Smithsonians Archives of American Art
reveal how American artists survived against the odds. The exhibition Hard Times, 1929 1939 will be on display through Sept. 3 in the Archives New York Research Center. The gallery is located on the lobby level of the UBS building at 1285 Avenue of the Americas, between 51st and 52nd streets.
Beginning in 1933, government-sponsored art programs provided work relief for artists, employing them as muralists, painters, sculptors, art educators and researchers. Hard Times focuses on the evolution of such New Deal programs as the Civil Works Administrations Public Works of Art Project, the Works Progress Administrations Federal Art Project and the Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture, as well as the rise of artists unions and spirited art organizations during the Depression.
The Smithsonians Archives of American Art enlivens the extraordinary human stories behind Americas most significant art and artists. It is the worlds pre-eminent resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America. Constantly growing in range and depth, and ever increasing in accessibility to its many audiences, it is a vibrant, unparalleled and essential resource for the appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of art in America.