The Arnautoff Murals and the Removal of Public Art

In July, a panel of historians will discuss the controversy over the George Washington High School Victor Arnautoff murals, which some have interpreted to promote a narrow, Eurocentric view of history. This panel will open with a brief visual presentation on the murals and the multicultural murals painted in response to them in the 1970s. The speakers will then discuss their interpretation and culturally-sensitive ways to educate through art. The panel will also explore how the contemporary mural movement portrays provocative themes and how to protect progressive public art from censorship. The panel will include Robert Cherny (Arnautoff biographer), Lope Yap, Jr. (Washington High Alumni Association), Dewey Crumpler (painter of the 1971 murals at the George Washington High School), and others. Harvey Smith (Living New Deal and National New Deal Preservation Association) will moderate the panel. Event details: July 9. 7:30 PM (Free)  ILWU Local 34 Hall – 801 2nd St., SF.

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