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“Reality Makes Them Dream”: Revisiting New Deal-Era Photography, with Josie Johnson and Emilia Mickevicius
Photography from the New Deal-era is often associated with mirroring the bleak realities of the Great Depression. Yet, the photography is remarkably varied, using the raw material of the visible world as a point of departure for viewers’ imaginations, venturing into the poetic and surreal. Join us as we examine how the works of WPA photographers like Sibyl Anikeef, Sonya Noskowiak, Edward Weston and lesser known artists complicate and add dimension to understanding art and culture in the U.S. in the 1930s.


Josie Johnson, PhD. is the Capital Group Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Photography at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, where she is currently preparing her exhibition Reality Makes Them Dream: Photography 1929-1941. Emilia Mickevicius, PhD. is a photography historian and curator in the Photography department of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has contributed to numerous exhibitions at SFMOMA, including A Living for Us All: Artists and the WPA in 2022.

Dec 6, 2022 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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