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LillStreet Art Center

4801 N. Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 312 752-5316

The lost legacy of 1930s Regionalism, the WPA, and a new people’s art: Where are today’s rural American artists?

Tuesday October 11th 6:00pm

LillStreet Art Center Gallery 4801 N. Ravenswood

Dan Brinkmeier, farmer and rural artist

During the 1930s, the hardships of the economic depression, political upheaval and labor conflict, and social change were challenged head-on by Regionalist painters and through other activist forms of artistic expression, which fostered the WPA and a national public art movement. Visual art was used as an instrument of attack, instruction, and inspiration, and was based in our country’s rural heritage and traditions.  In today’s America, we also face similar challenges to our way of life; and yet, where are the visual artists who will depict themes that not only celebrate the strengths that define our country, both urban and rural, but also serve to show the reality of how people live in the “forgotten country” of rural America and the social change that has taken place there? Who will give us a new “people’s art?” Dan Brinkmeier is an artist, educator, and farmer who still works with his family on a small cattle farm in Northwestern Illinois.

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