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    The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary

    The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary

    • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    • Location: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
    • 415 Couch Dr.
    • Oklahoma City, OK
    • Price: Adults: $12; Children (6-18): $10
    • Phone: (405) 236-3100

    In 1935, in an effort to curb the mass unemployment of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the WPA, one of a number of domestic programs known collectively as the New Deal. While much of the WPA was focused on improving the nation's infrastructure, it also provided substantial resources for the arts and artists through the Federal Art Project (FAP), which employed 3,500 artists by 1936, and was instrumental in launching the careers of many major American painters.

     

    The Museum's WPA collection features a large proportion of rural American landscapes and depictions of labor, infrastructure and industrial development. All works are figurative, as was favored by the WPA, and there are significant representations of female and foreign-born (predominately Russian) artists in the Museum's holdings. The WPA collection also contains two artists with local ties, Muscogee (Creek)/Pawnee painter and muralist Acee Blue Eagle and printmaker Elmer Capshaw.

    The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary
    • December 16, 2016 to July 3, 2017
    • Oklahoma City Museum of Art
    • Adults: $12; Children (6-18): $10
    • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday