The following collection of images is centered on the labor of men. While the vocations below vary, many of the images depict virile effort and the grunge associated with outdoor, manual labor. Despite manual labor holding less cultural capital than other forms of work, male blue-collar workers are often valorized through artistic representation. What is "men's work," and what makes it masculine? How does the celebration of muscular, physical work through art influence our understanding of the average male worker?
Moses Oley Worker with Mallet 1938 lithograph | paper Allocated by the U.S. Government Commissioned through the New Deal art projects 1943.102