Santa Monica High School: Macdonald-Wright Murals – Santa Monica CA

Project type: Art Works, Mosaics, Murals
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Artist Stanton Macdonald-Wright designed two murals for Barnum Hall Theater at Santa Monica High School. The works were funded by the Federal Arts Project (FAP).

In 1938, Macdonald-Wright completed a mural titled “Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla” upon Barnum Hall’s asbestos stage curtain. The following year, he completed an 8×8-foot mosaic titled “Landing of the Vikings in Vinland” in the theater’s foyer.

Macdonald-Wright was supervisor for the Southern California division of the FAP from 1935 to 1943. He is considered “an important proponent of the nonrepresentational styles of art on the New Deal projects” (Kalfatovic, p. 370). His other New Deal–funded works in the region include murals at the Public Library and City Hall in Santa Monica, mosaics at Edison Middle School and Hooper Avenue School in Los Angeles, and mosaics at the Community Center in South Gate.

Source notes

Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry

Historic Resources Group (HRG), Santa Monica High School Campus Plan: Historic Resources Technical Report, July 2018.

Kalfatovic, Martin R. The New Deal Fine Arts Projects: A Bibliography, 1933-1992. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1994.

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Location Info


601 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Coordinates: 34.0117, -118.4869

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