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At the Service of the People: Mural Art, Politics, and the New Deal

Date(s) - Thursday, August 19th
7:00 pm CDT - 8:00 pm CDT


dsc0801-version-2Directly after the Mexican Revolution, artists from the US flocked to Mexico to participate in the creative frenzy that had taken  Mexico by storm.  Artists and intellectuals worked together to help define and embrace a modern Mexico, responsive to the ideals of the revolution. With the establishment of a government-sponsored mural program in the 1920s, social, political, and nationalistic messages reflecting those ideals took illustrative, large-scale form on public buildings.

Government support for the arts in Mexico and the themes represented inspired similar programs implemented in the United States by the president at the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt, such as the PWAP (Public Works of Art Program)  and the FAP (Federal Arts Project). Join Raoul Deal, Senior Lecturer at the Peck School of the Arts and artist in his own right, for a presentation about the work and lives of some of the artists who participated in these important programs and embraced the power of art to shape the way we see the world. 

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In connection with Brother, Can You Spare a Dime: Jewish Artists of the WPA, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, June 17 – September 5, 2021. Image: In the Arsenal (1928) by Diego Rivera, location: Secretariat of Public Education Main Headquarters, Mexico City, Mexico. © Diego Rivera · Image via Wikimedia Commons.

About the Presenter
Raoul Deal is a Senior Lecture at the Peck School of the Arts at UW- Milwaukee, where he teaches about American art and culture.  As Artist-in-Residence for UWM’s Cultures and Communities Program he creates projects that bring people of all ages together to experience how art impacts communities. Participants engage in activities that respect and honor individual lives, build community pride and create opportunities for collective healing. He has carried out this work in the United Sates and Mexico over the past 25 years. He coordinates the PSOA Community Arts BA Program.

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