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Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art: Labor Archives and Research Center Exhibition

Event Type
Exhibition
Topic
art
Sponsor
San Francisco State University J. Paul Leonard Library, Special Collections Gallery
Location
Labor Archives and Research Center San Francisco State University J. Paul Leonard Library, Special Collections Gallery 1630 Holloway Ave., 4th Floor, Room LIB 462
Date
Sep 14, 2017 - Dec 12, 2017   All Day
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University of Illinois Press Events Calendar

Victor Arnautoff (1896-1979) was a leading artist in San Francisco in the 1930s, whose best known work is the mural "City Life" located at Coit Tower. Victor Arnautoff and The Politics of Art looks at Arnautoff's "art for the people" – works executed in an easily reproduced format and accessible to the general public that were intended to move and stimulate thinking. Like his mentor, Diego Rivera (1886-1957), Arnautoff saw art as "a weapon of ideas in the struggle for a new society." This exhibition includes a full scale reproduction of his recently rediscovered New Deal-era mural for the Richmond Post Office and a selection of works on paper spanning his entire career addressing themes of labor and social justice.

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