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2/25/2012 - 5/13/2012
Organizing institution: Weatherspoon Art Museum

This Exhibition includes the following Venues:
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC Greensboro 2/25/2012 - 5/13/2012

Artists of all periods have used narrative imagery to teach, enlighten, and/or inspire viewers. Derived in the past from literature, Biblical scripture, mythology, or history, narrative art created during the 1930s continued to record these themes as well as the dramatic economic, social, and political changes that were taking place across the nation. Artists who advocated both representational and abstract styles attempted to capture the spirit of their agea time marked by the bleak reality of the Great Depression as well as the uplifting optimism linked with the machine age and its promise of progress. While works by Social Realist and Regionalist artists-the art market's dominant styles at the time- abound, images by other artists whose concerns were more psychologically penetrating are also included.

The exhibition is organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator of Collections.

Related programs:
Lecture: The Lusty Modern Matron -Sat Mar 31 @ 2pm
Noon @ the 'Spoon - Tue Apr 10 @ 12pm

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