What happens when art no longer reflects current societal views? This is the focus of “Town Destroyer,” a film about the New Deal muralist Victor Arnautoff’s 1936 work, “Life of Washington,” and how the high school mural became a media firestorm, with some students, parents, and observers demanding that the San Francisco School Board remove or destroy the mural. Identity politics gone off the rails—or a justified blow to a lingering American “colonized mentality”?
Filmmakers Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman, New Deal historian Harvey Smith and George Washington High School alumnus Lope Yap, Jr., will discuss the film and answer questions following the screening.
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