Victor Arnautoff exhibition closing event - Grey Brechin

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
05:30 PM - 07:00 PM


Library Room 460
Labor Archives and Research Center
Catherine Powell


Join us for a guest lecture on New Deal art projects by Grey Brechin, author of "Imperial San Francisco" and founder of the Living New Deal Project at UC Berkeley. Victor Arnautoff (1896-1979) was a leading artist in San Francisco in the 1930s, whose best known work is the mural "City Life" located at Coit Tower. Victor Arnautoff and The Politics of Art looks at Arnautoff's "art for the people" works executed in an easily reproduced format and accessible to the general public that were intended to move and stimulate thinking. Like his mentor, Diego Rivera (1886-1957), Arnautoff saw art as "a weapon of ideas in the struggle for a new society." This exhibition includes a full scale reproduction of his recently rediscovered New Deal-era mural for the Richmond Post Office and a selection of works on paper spanning his entire career addressing themes of labor and social justice. Exhibition closes December 14, 2017.


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