Saturday, January 18, 2014
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, Main Gallery
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Block Museum of Art
Group: Block Museum Exhibitions
Category: Fine Arts
The Left Front: Radical Art in the “Red Decade,” 1929–1940 revisits a moment in American history when visual artists, through their membership in the progressive John Reed Club (JRC), joined forces to form a “left front” with writers and intellectuals dedicated to making socially-conscious art.
The exhibition considers specific conditions of Chicago—its industrial legacy, its massive immigration, its ethnic neighborhoods, its historical associations with anarchism and labor unrest, and its commitment to social reform through institutions like Hull House— as the backdrop against which works by Chicago’s JRC and AAC evolved.