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A truck hauling sugarcane stops in front of a factory with a row of palm trees in front of it.
Dmitri Baltermants
Sugar Cane Factory, Cuba
gelatin silver print on paper
16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)
Michelle Andonian
Fleetwood Cadillac Plant, from "Detroit Focus 2000"
black and white photograph on paper
11 in x 14 in (27.9 cm x 35.5 cm)
Gift of Detroit Focus 2000, and partial purchase with funds from the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund
Text: Are You Working with Schwab? - Charles M. Schwab - Director General of the Emergency Fleet Corporation - says - "I want everyone in the yards to understand that when we succeed in building these ships, the credit will belong to the men who actually built them. - "I want all the men in the shipyards to feel that they are working with me, not for me." - Issued by Publications Section, Emergency Fleet Corporation, Philadelphia.
Artist Unknown
Are You Working with Schwab? Emergency Fleet Corporation
color lithograph on paper
31 15/16 x 21 7/8 in. (81 x 55.5 cm)
Gift of Mr. Maurice F. Lyons
A mixed media assemblage consisting of welding goggles, rusted metal, a padlock, and two rusted bells hanging from a chain mounted on a wooden board with screws. The position of the objects, with goggles at the top, makes the assemblage look vaguely face-like.
George Vargas
Michigan Worker
welding goggles, metal, hanging bells, rusty bottle cap, pulleys, chains, and padlock mounted on plywood
20 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in (53.02 cm x 26.35 cm x 6.51 cm);20 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in (53.02 cm x 26.35 cm x 6.51 cm)
Gift of the artist
A man in worker's blues and hat looks off toward the right-hand side of the photograph as he holds a cigarette in his right hand.
Dmitri Baltermants
Award-winning Gas Worker, Magnitogorsky Metallurgy Plant
gelatin silver print on paper
20 in x 16 in (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
A line of men in workers' garb raise machetes with joyous expressions on their faces.  
Dmitri Baltermants
Sugarcane Workers with Machetes Raised, Cuba
gelatin silver print on paper
16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)
This image represents a wooden planked wall with a circular metal fan cut into it. A man's arm reaches out from the opposite side of the wall through the fan (that is not turning). His sleeve is rolled up past his elbow.
André Kertész
Arm and Ventilator, New York
gelatin silver print on paper
7 5/8 in x 9 1/16 in (19.37 cm x 23.02 cm)
Gift of Maxine and Lawrence K. Snider
This photograph shows a man and woman at a dinner table. The man is covered in coal dust from his work in the mines.
Bill Brandt
Northumbrian Miner at His Evening Meal
gelatin silver print on paper
13 3/8 in x 11 7/16 in (33.97 cm x 29.05 cm);28 3/16 in x 22 1/4 in (71.6 cm x 56.52 cm);13 9/16 in x 11 5/8 in (34.45 cm x 29.53 cm);20 1/16 in x 16 1/8 in (50.96 cm x 40.96 cm)
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
Two shadowed figures with weapons on the left face a group of four figures, in the light, on the right. Of the four, one is holding a sign and another is lying on the ground. Smoke from a fire billows in the background alongside industrial machinery.
Thomas Hart Benton
Mine Strike
lithograph on paper
9 3/16 in x 10 7/8 in (23.34 cm x 27.62 cm)
Museum Purchase
This is a photolithograph in blue and yellow with a series of photographic images and geometric patterning. At the top, there is a band of polka-dots in three sizes. The next band has five squares on the left and to the right three photographs; these three photographs are a sequential series of shots showing a woman in a shiny bikini and two men touching and looking at her. Below this register, there is one large scene of a girl and a banana, with a Chiquita sticker placed on the child's forehead. The main image here is in blue but the child's eyes and the sticker are in yellow. At the bottom of the print, there is a double row of squares on the left and then two sets of polka-dots on the right.
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Early mental traits of 300 geniuses
photolithograph on paper
14 15/16 in x 10 in (38 cm x 25.4 cm)
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick
This multi-colored photolithograph has an image of Minnie Mouse at the left center surrounded by a variety of geometric shapes and lines. Minnie Mouse's body is made up of dots. Below the figure, there is small, blurry text that reads "April 12, 1945." 
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Inside Down Under... What are the building blocks of structuralism?
photolithograph on paper
14 15/16 in x 10 in (38 cm x 25.4 cm)
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick
Bruce Davidson
Untitled (Child with a Doll Carriage), from "Welsh Miners"
gelatin silver print on paper
16 in x 19 15/16 in (40.64 cm x 50.64 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Kenyon


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43 Collection Object Sources

Michigan Worker (2004/1.153)
Mine Strike (1935.23)
Abandoned (2017/2.108.13)
I want my Mama (2017/2.108.12)
El Mercado (1950/1.172)
Colonisation (2015/2.48)
Farm Machine (2008/2.348)
Fish Day (1943.93)
Untitled (2014/2.121)
Muscle Beach (1976/2.17)
Old and New Flags (2016/2.158)
Native Bazaar (1995/1.74)

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