Date: Oct 11, 2019 - Feb 15, 2020
Co-directors of the Arthur Rothstein Legacy Project, Ann Rothstein Segan, PhD and Brodie Hefner at the opening of their current exhibition produced with Deborah Gardner, Curator and Historian of Roosevelt House, Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.
A LENS ON FDR’S NEW DEAL: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ARTHUR ROTHSTEIN (1935-1945)
This exhibition is an exploration of many concepts, presented as picture stories. People of all ages will relate to Arthur’s visual documentation of the western migration from the Great Plains through the Southwest to California, driven by the Dust Bowl conditions that ruined thousands of farmers. This is a theme that has relevance to current migration crises in the US and around the world. Ecological and historical topics in this comprehensive exhibition cross over into American Literature. John Steinbeck studied Rothstein’s imagery to encourage his creativity when writing Grapes of Wrath!
With more than150 photographs taken by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration, the show is based on a book proposal that Rothstein wrote but was never published. This exhibition includes WWII photography by Rothstein produced after the FSA became part of the Office of War Information in 1942. Original photographs and reproductions, as well as published materials, will highlight the varied media where Rothstein’s work was showcased throughout his 50-year career.
Available to groups of 10 or more: a 20-minute, heavily illustrated PowerPoint lecture about the photographer’s life and times, presented by the photographer’s daughter, Ann. Contact Ann Rothstein Segan, PhD to schedule a group or school visit. Ann@ArthurRothstein.org
Roosevelt House, Public Policy Institute of Hunter College: 47 East 65th Street, 10065 NY, NY. Hours: 10am-4pm Monday – Saturday. Free of charge. Exhibition on display through February 2020.