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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 an interdisciplinary artist and educator who often works collaboratively in community settings. He is a faculty member of the Peck School of the Arts and Artist-in-Residence for UWMís Cultures and Communities Program. In addition to his community art commissions Deal has exhibited both individually and collectively in museums and galleries in the United States and Mexico, and just completed a 2 year residency as a mentor artist with REDLine Milwaukee.

“As an artist, I try to cross social and cultural borders. I don’t want viewers’ appreciation of my work to be dependent on their knowledge of contemporary art discourse, although it may very well be enhanced by it. I would prefer to inspire curiosity and wonder in all viewers and to establish a meaningful dialogue with people from many different backgrounds. I frequently think about the following two questions: “What happens to art when community matters?” -and- “What happens to communities when art matters?”

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