Victor Arnautoff and The Politics of Art

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September 13 - December 12, 2017

Special Collections Gallery, 4th floor

Special Collections Gallery
San Francisco State University
J. Paul Leonard Library
1630 Holloway Avenue, 4th floor
San Francisco, CA 94132

Victor Arnautoff (1896-1979) was a leading artist in San Francisco in the 1930s, whose best known work is the mural "City Life" located at Coit Tower. Victor Arnautoff and The Politics of Art looks at Arnautoff's "art for the people" – works executed in an easily reproduced format and accessible to the general public that were intended to move and stimulate thinking. Like his mentor, Diego Rivera (1886-1957), Arnautoff saw art as "a weapon of ideas in the struggle for a new society." This exhibition includes a full scale reproduction of his recently rediscovered New Deal-era mural for the Richmond Post Office and a selection of works on paper spanning his entire career addressing themes of labor and social justice.

Exhibition Opening & Reception
September 13, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Featuring SFSU History Professor Emeritus, Robert Cherny
Co-sponsored by Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library
and SFSU Retiree Association
This exhibition and supporting programming was organized by The Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University
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