Managing the People: Art Programs in the American Depression

Dr. Lisanne Gibson,who is now at the University of Leicester, looks at the relationship between culture and government during the New Deal era. A power analysis based in the theoretical work of Michel Foucault, Gibson discusses the Federal Art Project, Community Art Centers, the American Artists’ Congress, and the SPS — the Section of Painting and Sculpture. You can download a PDF of the article below. Then head over to our map, where we have hundreds of New Deal artworks identified across the country.

By Lisanne Gibson | The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society | Winter 2002

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