Working Conditions: Depression-Era American Prints

Print, Drawing, and Photograph Study Center

working conditionsWilliam Leroy Flint, Strikebreakers, ca. 1939, etching. 1996.27.

An exploration of the critical issues facing the working class during the 1930s and 1940s as expressed by American printmakers, this exhibition drew from the Museum’s permanent collection. Liberated from the pressures of the art market by the Federal Arts Project, the artists represented in Working Conditions used stylistic and compositional devices to raise awareness of labor situations in the United States and to elicit empathy from viewers.