Series on Alabama and the WPA to feature speaker from Smithsonian on Sept. 2

AUBURN – The “New Perspectives” series on Alabama and the Works Progress Administration of the 1930s continues on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. These programs are open to the public.

Elizabeth Broun, director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will give a presentation that focuses on the Smithsonian American Art Museum traveling exhibition, “1934: A New Deal for Artists,” and on art created in Alabama under the auspices of the WPA.

Broun has directed the Smithsonian American Art Museum since 1989. Her research interests include contemporary art, 19th-century art, and prints and drawings. Her 1989 exhibition catalog on Albert Pinkham Ryder won the prestigious Alfred H. Barr Award for Distinguished Scholarship. She also has curated exhibitions and has published on the art of Thomas Hart Benton, Stuart Davis, Childe Hassam, Patrick Ireland, Pat Steir and James McNeill Whistler.

“New Perspectives” is a project of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts and is co-sponsored by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. The project is funded by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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