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Current: Art for the People

Associated American Artists Prints from the Springfield Museum of Art Collection

October 10, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Art for the People

In 1934, New York art dealer and publicist, Reeves Lewenthal, hatched a plan to form the Associated American Artists (AAA). The mission of the enterprise was to make art accessible, affordable and attractive to Americans. Lewenthal met with several American artists in Thomas Hart Benton’s New York studio. This group of talented, well-known artists were offered a flat artist fee of $200 to create original print stones and plates. From these the company produced limited edition etchings and lithographic prints. At the onset of AAA, these original impressions were available for five dollars each, and they were initially sold in department stores and later through mail order.

On Saturday, Nov. 6 at 5:30pm there will be a public reception and live music in the galleries. Music will be performed by Wendy Hinton and Misericordia Fine Arts Dept. Faculty guitar instructor, Patrick Temple.

Organized by Springfield Museum of Art and Fowler Artistic LLC.
Curated by Erin Shapiro.

Rumba

"Rumba", Miguel Covarubias, Lithograph, 17 1/8" X 21 1/8" X 1 1/2",1947.

Approaching Storm

"Approaching Storm", Grant Wood, Lithograph, 19 1/8"  X 15 1/8" X 1 1/2", 1940.

I Got a Gal on Sourwood Mountain

"I Got a Gal on Sourwood Mountain", Thomas Hart Benton, Lithograph, 17 1/8" X 21 1/8" X 1 1/2", 1938.