Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus
The Regionalist art movement reflects a distinct period in U.S. history, including the efforts by artists to define a uniquely American style. This concentration on a specific geography and culture would emanate, in its purest form, from the American Midwest of Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood. Regionalism and the Art of the WPA includes works by these and other artists who drew their inspiration from their immediate surroundings, both rural and urban.
In a collaborative endeavor between Grand Valley State University and the Muskegon Museum of Art, the GVSU Art Gallery will host this exhibition of more than 40 works drawn from the MMA's collection. The collaboration is in conjunction with the MMA's hosting of 1934: A New Deal for Artists, organized and circulated by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., and scheduled in Muskegon for February 16 through May 6, 2012. A series of interdisciplinary programs are planned for students and the public at the GVSU Art Gallery, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and the Muskegon Museum of Art.
The exhibit will be on view through Friday, March 23. Open to the public with free admission. The Art Gallery is open from 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10 AM to 7 PM Thursdays. For more information call (616) 331-2563.