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Title: A history and analysis of the WPA exhibit of Black art at the Fort Huachuca Mountain View Officers’ Club, 1943–1946
Authors: Schacht, Kayley R.
Gonçalves, Deidre C.
Schmidt, Aaron R.
Smith, Adam D.
Keywords: African American art
Art history
Black American art
Mountain View Officers’ Club
Segregated Army
Works Progress Administration (WPA)
Fort Huachuca (Ariz.)
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/CERL TR-23-13
Abstract: The 1943 art exhibition at the Mountain View Officers’ Club (MVOC), Fort Huachuca, Arizona should be considered one of the most significant events in the intersection of American art, military history, and segregation. Organizers of the event, entitled Exhibition of the Work of 37 Negro Artists, anticipated it would boost soldiers’ morale because Fort Huachuca was a predominately Black duty station during WWII. This report provides a brief history of Black art in the early 20th century, biographies of the artists showcased, and provides information (where known) about repositories that have originals or reproductions of the art today. The following is recommended: the General Services Administration (GSA) investigate the ownership of the pieces described in this report and if they are found to have been created under one of the New Deal art programs to add them to their inventory, further investigation be performed on the provenance and ownership of Lew Davis’s The Negro in America’s Wars mural, for the rehabilitation of the MVOC that the consulting parties agree upon the scope of the reproduction of the art, and request archival full reproductions of the pieces of art found in the collection of the Howard University Gallery of Art.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CERL TR-23-13
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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