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I got the Dustbowl Blues: Texas & Oklahoma Photography, Art & Music Mr John Francis Wednesday 08 April 2020

In this neglected era (1930s), set against a back drop of the Wall Street crash and a questioning of the success of the American dream the WPA (Works Progress Administration) and the New Deal was created. The Roosevelt government initiative meant employment for over eight million largely unskilled Americans and importantly 5,300 artists. Murals, painting, photography, graphic design all flourished. In this lecture we will explore some of the key artists at this time. The abstract painters Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning will be evaluated along with the social realism of Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Ben Shahn. The soundtrack of the era was provided by Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rogers.