The Texas Post Office Murals: Art for the People

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Walk into any of sixty post offices or federal buildings in the state of Texas and you many be greeted by a surprising sight: magnificent mural art on the lobby walls. In the midst of the Great Depression, a program was born that would not only give work to artists but also create beauty and optimism for a people worn down by hardship and discouragement. This New Deal program commissioned artists to create post office murals--the people's art--to celebrate the lives, history, hopes, and dreams of ordinary Americans, In Texas alone, artists painted ninety-seven artworks for sixty-nine post offices and federal buildings around the state. The artists included Tom Lea, Jerry Bywaters, Peter Hurd, Otis Dozier, Alexandre Hogue, and Xavier Gonzalez. The images showed people at work and featured industries specific to the region, often coupled with symbols of progress such as machinery and modern transportation. Murals depicted cowboys and stampedes, folk heroes, and community symbols such as Eastland's lizard mascot, Ol'Rip. In this volume Philip Parisi has gathered 115 photographs for these stunning and historic works of art--36 in full color. He tells the story of how they came to be, how the communities influenced and accepted them, and what efforts have been made to restore and preserve them. Enjoy this book in the comfort of your living room, or take it with you on the road as guide to the people's art in the Lone Star State
Autor: Philip Parisi
Philip Parisi, who now lives in Logan, Utah, and is a freelance writer and visiting assistant editor of the "Western Historical Quarterly," began work on this manuscript while on the staff of the Texas Historical Commission. He directed a project that involved assembling a collection of slides of the extant murals and tracing the history of this WPA project.

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Autor: Philip Parisi
ISBN-13 :: 9781585442317
ISBN: 1585442313
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.04.2004
Gewicht: 1125g
Seiten: 200
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage New
Sonstiges: Buch, 255x245x23 mm
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