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KAM Exhibition | Pressing Issues: Printmaking as Social Justice in 1930's United States

Event Type
art museum, printmaking, social justice
Sponsored in part by the International Fine Print Dealers Association, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, and the College of Fine and Applied Arts.
Krannert Art Museum | 500 E Peabody Dr.
Dec 5, 2020   All Day
Julia Nucc Kelly
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Relying primarily on rarely-displayed Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project (WPA/FAP) prints in KAM’s strong collection of twentieth century works on paper, the exhibition will include approximately 40 works organized into themes of labor unrest (exploitation, economic disparity, and gender inequalities), discrimination and racial violence, and reactions to the rise of fascism. Pressing Issues is especially timely in that it connects this past to the present, as the current political climate in the United States is revisiting similar themes of isolationism and nationalism, populism and fascism, and racial violence.

Pressing Issues will be on view leading up to the 2020 presidential election. Given the social and economic upheaval experienced in the United States in the last decade, including the revival of fascist ideologies and the refugee crisis in America, this exhibition provides a visceral and much needed reminder of how visual artists call attention to and combat various forms of oppression. 


Curated by Kathryn Koca Polite


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