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Social Justice and Art 1929-1945

In the foreground, there is a man laying on a large human-sized book, one hand on his chin and the other holding a pencil to the page. In front of his pencil, the text "Mendez" and "1945" is printed. On the pages of the book are a skeleten-creature and on the opposite page an angel. Behind the man and the book is a large cactus, and then a large cross rises from its base. The cross is encircled by a large snake-like creature whose head is open, facing away, and an eagle is crucified with knives. Coming from the ends of the cross are what seems to be spears, pointing clockwise. Behind this foreground scene, there is an army marching under a flag with the skull and crossbones. A priest follows behind the army, seemingly coming from the open mouth of the large serpent whose tail holds the feet of the crucified eagle. To the left there are two more crucified figures, whose crosses are on fire. In the far background, there is a vista of a large city. 
Leopoldo Méndez
Lo que puede venir
1945
woodcut | paper
Museum Purchase
1949/1.181
Around and behind a central image of a sewing machine are overlapping images of people, ships, a building fire, the Statue of Liberty, and small blocks of text.
Ida Abelman
My Father Reminisces
1937
lithograph | paper
Allocated by the U.S. Government
Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
1943.2
A boy stands at the front of the painting, arms crossed and face solemn.  He is wearing an oversized white shirt that comes down to his knees.  A figure, most likely a woman, stands behind him with her back turned.  Her head is covered in a long black headscarf that is traditional to Jewish culture.  Behind them is a blue horizon.
Ben Shahn
Boy
1944
tempera | cardboard
Museum Purchase
1950/1.203
Doris Spiegel
Selling Candles
1939
etching | paper
Allocated by the U.S. Government
Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
1943.130
Hyman Warsager
My Backyard No.2
1938
wood engraving | paper
Allocated by the U.S. Government
Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
1943.142
Mitchell Siporin
Railroaders
1930 - 1940
lithograph | paper
Allocated by the U.S. Government
Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
1943.126
Leonard Pytlak
Underpass
1939
lithograph | paper
Allocated by the U.S. Government
Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
1943.112
Hugh Miller
Auto Wreck
1936
lithograph | paper
Allocated by the U.S. Government
Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
1943.89
;Vase with red and green glazes.
Fay Chong
The Mansion
1939
linoleum cut | paper
Allocated by the U.S. Government
Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
1943.16
Four buildings are situated at an angle and descend away from the viewer as if on a hill. A latticework pattern visible in the background suggests an industrial complex. Three figures in deep shadow walk in the foreground. 
Blanche Grambs
Mining Town
1936 - 1943
etching | paper
Allocated by the U.S. Government
Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
1943.43
Elizabeth Olds
Workman
1939
lithograph | paper
Allocated by the U.S. Government
Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
1943.101
Paul Weller
Coal Country
1939
lithograph | paper
Allocated by the U.S. Government
Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
1943.147

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61 Collection Object Sources

Boy (1950/1.203)
Railroaders (1943.126)
Underpass (1943.112)
Auto Wreck (1943.89)
The Mansion (1943.16)
Mining Town (1943.43)
Workman (1943.101)
Coal Country (1943.147)
Mine Accident (1943.114)
Ku Kluxers (1943.73)
An Incident (1943.122)
New York (1990/2.54)
Hardware Store (2011/2.5)
Farm Machine (2008/2.348)
Currie, Nevada (2002/2.219)
Lackarbeiter (1975/2.97)
Workman (1948/1.25)
Mine Strike (1935.23)
Starvation (1943.131)
Ixtaccíhuatl (1958/1.106)
Cockfight (1958/1.105)
Head (1948/1.24)
Marching Women (1948/1.72)
Union Square (1935.21)

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