WPA Murals in New York

With Sylvia Laudien-Meo

[Virtual tour] While we have previously taken a closer look at the wealth of New York City’s murals, this virtual tour with art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo will focus specifically on the time of the Great Depression and the federal program which supported artists from ca. 1934- 1943 by commissioning public murals, especially in post offices, hospitals, schools, libraries and airports. The Mexican Muralists were a great inspiration and like them, US artists celebrate our country’s people, our ingenuity and perseverance, and they give hope and guidance during troubled times. Many artists employed were very influential, like Ben Shahn and Reginald Marsh, linked to Social Realism or the American Scene movement; fewer murals were abstract, some even created by future prominent artists like Lee Krasner and Willem De Kooning; some were never realized but survive in precious sketches. All are of great historical significance!

For all tours, there are no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges unless we cancel a tour. Online registration closes one hour prior to the tour start time.

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Thursday, January 19
6:00 PM

Virtual Tour

Member: $15
Non-member: $25

The McGraw Rotunda at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library in Manhattan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, bryansjs.