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Hallie Ford to host “Northwest Public Art of the 1930s” exhibition starting Nov. 28

Kathleen Forrest

Managing Editor


According to an email release from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the museum will be hosting the exhibition “Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s” from Nov. 28-March 27. The exhibition will feature works made in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana during the 1930s, with an emphasis on the Great Depression and federally funded arts projects during that time. The works in the exhibit span several different mediums including, “paintings, murals, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculptures, as well as furniture created for Timberline Lodge.”


The release says that the traveling exhibition was put together by Tacoma Art Museum’s interim Chief Curator and Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions Margaret Bullock. In a statement, Bullock highlights that many of the works in the exhibition have never been exhibited before, and that the extent of federally funded arts projects in the Northwest during the 1930s has been previously underestimated. Bullock will also be presenting an online lecture entitled, “Wonders, Blunders, and Everything in Between: The New Deal Art Projects in the Northwest”.


The museum will have three other online lectures as part of the exhibition, focusing on the history and culture of the Great Depression and presented by Willamette University professors. Access to the lectures and more information on them can be found here. There is also a self-guided film series, featuring four films from the era available here. The museum is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed on Sunday and Monday. Information regarding the museums COVID-19 precautions can be found hereor at their website.

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