Friday, December 21
Reception and talk
by Gray Brechin
"The Lost Ethical Language of the New Deal"
New Deal Work of Arts
Most of the artworks of the New Deal, created under Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration and now in the public domain, are little seen. The public response to the few recent exhibits has been phenomenal. Crises abound from Egypt to Wisconsin to Japan, and people are looking for the inspiration and solutions. How do we give the 1930s/1940s public art a bigger and permanent venue? We need you to contribute to the next Curators' Discussion at the Canessa. Meet with fellow curators, dealers and collectors for a lively, informal salon discussion. Our last session included a former public official, academics, artists, neighborhood historians and activists.
Through the Federal Art Project, thousands of artists in San Francisco and throughout the nation were put to work creating more than 200,000 separate pieces of art during the Great Depression. We encourage Bay Area curators, New Deal activists and historians to take advantage of this rare, informal opportunity to share with one another your views and knowledge of the sculptures, posters drawings, photographs, murals, paintings and other artistic treasures created through the Federal Art Project. Many of these artworks have been out of the public eye or in storage since the 1940s. We hope that this informal salon discussion will be a prelude to organizing a major exhibit to honor and present these “lost” treasures —and the momentous and significant time in history that they represent.
Location: The landmark Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Located across the street from the historic Montgomery Block Building – Ground Zero for the New Deal’s Federal Art Project in 1930s San Francisco – Canessa Gallery has been at the center of San Francisco's rich artistic, literary, and cultural history for more than 45 years.