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Philip Guston's mural Work - the American way at the 1939 New York World's Fair

Photographer:
Robbins, David
Subject:
Works Progress Administration
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm.
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1939 May 4
Topic:
Murals
New deal art
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11189
Summary:
Identification on attachment (typewritten): This mural by Philip Guston at the entrance of the WPA Community Building at the World's Fair is a symbol to convey the idea of "WPA in its relationship to the community", executed under the direction of the Federal Art Project, it serves to announce the theme of the other murals within the building.
Note on verso identifies Robbins as photographer, working for Federal Art Project, W.P.A., Photographic Division.
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Hugo Gellert papers, 1916-1986
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Archives of American Art
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A life class for adults at the Brooklyn Museum, under the auspice of the New York City WPA Art Project

Subject:
United States. Works Progress Administration
United States. Works Projects Administration
Works Progress Administration
Great Depression
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 20 x 26 cm.
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Date:
ca. 1935
Topic:
Art--Study and teaching
Federal aid to the arts
New Deal, 1933-1939
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11039
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Artists on WPA

Artist:
Moses Soyer, born Borisoglebsk, Russia 1899-died New York City 1974
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 1/8 x 42 1/8 in. (91.7 x 107.0 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1935
Topic:
Figure group
Occupation\art\painter
Figure group\artist and model
History\United States\Depression Era
Figure(s) in interior\studio
New Deal\Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project\New York City
Object\furniture\chair
Object\art tool\palette
Object\art tool\artist's brush
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Soyer
Object number:
1968.61
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Employment and Activities poster for the WPA's Federal Art Project

Creator:
Works Progress Administration
Physical description:
1 poster
Type:
Printed/Published Materials
Date:
1936
Topic:
Depressions
Federal aid to the arts
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11772
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Untitled (detail of figure: historic survey panel, mural study, Cultural Activities of the WPA, WPA Building, New York World's Fair, 1939)

Artist:
Anton Refregier, born Moscow, Russia 1905-died Moscow, Russia 1979
Medium:
oil on paper
Dimensions:
sight 53 1/2 x 47 1/2 in. (38.5 x 20.7 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1939
Topic:
Figure male
Study
Miscellaneous\mural
New Deal\Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project\New York City
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Lila Refregier
Object number:
1979.45.8
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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First Color Study, Exhibition Hall, Community Center, New York World's Fair (perspective sketch for mural, Cultural Activities in the WPA, WPA Building)

Artist:
Anton Refregier, born Moscow, Russia 1905-died Moscow, Russia 1979
Medium:
oil and pencil on paperboard
Dimensions:
sheet: 20 x 15 1/8 in. (50.8 x 38.3 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1938
Topic:
Figure group
Study
History\United States\1939 World's Fair
New Deal\Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project\New York City
Architecture Interior\civic\community center
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1979.45.7
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Insignia, 6th Pursuit Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057002
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC); 6th Pursuit Squadron insignia; blue masonite board with yellow circle' in its middle is a skull and rotating propeller blades around it.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
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National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, 96th Bombardment Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057004
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC); 96th Bombardment Squadron; dark blue masonit with a black triangle with a white boarder; in the tringle bright orange demon, holding a white aerial bomb in its right hand.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
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National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, 13th Attack Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057005
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) 13th Attack Squadron insignia; blue masonite board with running skeleton and bloody scythe in black circle.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
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National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, 90th Attack Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057006
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) 90th Attack Squadron insignia; blue masonite with two red dice with white dot faces.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
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National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, 70th Service Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057008
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) 70th Service Squadron insignia; dark blue masonite with a white moon rise depicted in the background; a black shadowed profile of a person releasing a bird.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
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National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, 4th Photo Section, United States Army Air Corps

Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057009
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) 4th Photo Section insignia; blue Masonite with centered white circle; 4 aerial cameras form a compass.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
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National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, 2nd Balloon Company, United States Army Air Corps

Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057011
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) 2nd Balloon Company insignia; blue masonite with white circle; white observation balloon with seven golden stars above it inside the circle.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
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National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, 12th Observation Group, United States Army Air Corps

Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057012
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps 12th Observation Group insignia; enamel on masonite; hunter green background; Canadian goose depicted; navy blue ring with yellow edge band and yellow letter text "OBSERVE AND REPORT"; white center disc.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
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National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, 49th Bombardment Group, United States Army Air Corps

Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057013
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps 49th Bombardment Group insignia; enamel on masonite; silver background with a wolf's head depicted; the wolf's head is surrounded by two concentric blue rings.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
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National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, Hawaiian Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057015
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps Hawaiian Squadron insignia; United States bald eagle national seal depicted with a center shield over its chest divided per pale nebuly, winged skull depicted on the shield.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
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National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, 118th Observation Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057014
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps 118th Observation Squadron Connecticut National Guard insignia; enamel on masonite; hunter green background; the Connecticut Colonial secretary depicted running with the colonial charter in his hand; yellow background disc with black edge.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
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National Air and Space Museum
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Tympanum Over Doorway to Building for Pachyderms

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Knight, Charles Robert 1874-1953
Blakeslee, Arthur
National Zoological Park (U.S.)
National Zoological Park (U.S.) Elephant House
Works Progress Administration (WPA)
Lombard and Ludwig, Inc
Treasury Relief Art Project
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 9.75w x7.5h ; Type of Image: Architecture; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Architecture
Date:
November 12, 1936
1929
Topic:
American Mastodon
Elephants
Decorative arts
Depressions
New Deal, 1933-1939
Mastodon
Mammoths
Tympana (Architecture)
Standard number:
SIA2008-0924
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
A tympanum is the semi-circular or triangular decorative wall surface over an entrance bounded by a lintel and arch. It often contains sculptures or other ornaments. Neg. # on back of photo 623
Summary:
A tympanum over the doorway to an exhibition building was designed by Charles Knight, artist, at the National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C., and illustrates an American Mastodon, Wooly Mammoth, and Four-tusked Mastodon. The sign on lower left says, "Lombard and Ludwig, Inc., Architecture Sculpture, Washington, D.C." Also, the picture carries the notation that it was "Approved by Arthur Blakeslee, 11/10/36." The Elephant House is a testament to the Depression-era and to the work relief programs. The Works Projects Administration provided laborers, the federal art project (here, the Treasury Relief Art Project) funded Charles R. Knight's sculptural work, and the Public Works Administration supplied the money for construction in Washington's National Zoological Park
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 74, Box 222, Folder: 9
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Crosses

Artist:
Charles Barrows, born Washington, PA 1903-died 1989
Medium:
lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 7/8 x 15 in. (25.2 x 38.1 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1937
Topic:
Landscape\mountain
Landscape\cemetery
New Deal\Works Progress Administration
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration
Object number:
1985.65.11
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Lava Moods

Artist:
Kenneth Downer, active ca. 1940s
Medium:
gouache on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 18 1/2 x 24 3/8 in. (47.0 x 61.8 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1940
Topic:
Landscape\imaginary
New Deal\Works Progress Administration
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration
Object number:
1985.65.16
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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