Bellevue Hospital: Karp Mural – New York NY

Description

In 1936 and 1937 William Karp painted a mural entitled “Normal Pursuits of Man” for the occupational therapy exhibition room in the Psychiatric Building of Bellevue Hospital. It was one of over a dozen murals painted by artists for the psychiatric building at Bellevue Hospital with funds provided by the Federal Art Project arm of the Works Progress Administration.

With funding from the W.P.A., Karp also produced the mural entitled “Armed with Learning and Reality, Looking from the Past to the Future” in 1938, for the Hebrew Orphans Asylum, NYC.

We know that one of the murals at Bellevue hospital entitled “Materials for Relaxation” by David Margolis has been restored. However, The Living New Deal needs further information to determine the current status of the other WPA murals painted for Bellevue Hospital.

William Karp worked as a master mural artist and administrator with the WPA Federal Art Project.

Also included are images of Karp with friends at his home in Yonkers NY, photographed in 1972 by Frank da Cruz (Frank da Cruz Kermit collection).

 

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Location Info


462 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10016

Location notes: Need further information to determine exact location of psychiatric ward in 1936/7

Coordinates: 40.739217, -73.975497

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