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Title Election Night
Artist Murphy, Minnie Lois
Date ca. 1935 - 1937
Medium woodblock print
Support paper
Dimensions image: 8 x 10 1/2 inches
support: 11 3/8 x 15 1/2 inches
Signature MLM
Signature Location bottom left
Inscription [bottom left; stamp]: Federal Art Project NYC WPA
[bottom center]: Election Night
[bottom right]: M. Lois Murphy
Credit line Gift of the WPA
Accession Number 1943.006.0017
Collection Work on Paper
Description During the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched his ambitious Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs that sent millions of unemployed Americans back to work, including more than 5,000 artists. Under the auspices of the WPA, the Federal Art Project (FAP) afforded opportunities to a diverse group of artists, including women, African Americans, and immigrants from Russia, China and other foreign countries. The Gibbes is fortunate to house the only collection of WPA prints in South Carolina. The initial allocation of 114 objects was received in 1943 from the Federal Government. Little else is known about the circumstances of the allocation. At the time Robert N. S. Whitelaw was the director of the Gibbes. He likely became familiar with WPA programs when Charleston's Dock Street Theater was reconstructed with WPA funds between 1935 and 1937. In 1937, the Gibbes hosted an exhibition of WPA artists' photographs and in 1938 the Museum's parent organization, the Carolina Art Association, temporarily assumed custody of the Dock Street Theater.
Subjects Politics & government
Figures
Light
Hats
Clothing & dress