Ida York Abelman (American, New York 1910–2002), Man and Machine, ca. 1939. Published by WPA
The 1930s was a decade of political and social upheaval in the United States, and the art and visual culture of the time reflected the unsettled environment. Americans searched for their cultural identity during the Great Depression, a period marked by divisive politics, threats to democracy, and intensified social activism, including a powerful labor movement.
The exhibition with the same title opens September 7 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and is on view until December 10, 2023. It features more than 100 works from the collection and several lenders, and explores how artists expressed political messages and ideologies through a range of media, from paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs to film, dance, decorative arts, fashion, and ephemera.
Lecture by Allison Rudnick, Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and curator of the exhibition.