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Work Progress Administration Art

This gallery features works from select artists who were part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) program - “a collection consisting of works on paper, primarily lithographs and etchings, but also drawings and paintings created during the years 1935-1943. The purpose of the WPA program was to create paying jobs for the unemployed at every skill level. The program allowed many artists to work full time on their craft for the first time. Students were able to learn new skills, while other artists served as mentors and continued to advance techniques and innovate – especially in the printmaking field. ” (NYPL)

Works

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Rain on the SquareElias Grossman
Rain on the Square
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Learn to ShootAgnes Hart, c. 1935–1943
Learn to Shoot
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Harlem Street SceneCharles Henry Alston, c. 1935–1943
Harlem Street Scene
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Seated Woman with Hat at StudioBlanche Grambs, c. 1935–1943
Seated Woman with Hat at Studio
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Sunday AfternoonNan Lurie, c. 1935–1943
Sunday Afternoon
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SpeakerNan Lurie, c. 1935–1943
Speaker
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Sleepy Time Down SouthSaul Kovner, c. 1935–1943
Sleepy Time Down South
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Sharecropper with DogJ. McWhirter, c. 1935–1943
Sharecropper with Dog
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John Henry's MadDan Rico, c. 1935–1943
John Henry's Mad
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NYC Street SceneElias Grossman, c. 1935–1943
NYC Street Scene