The Left Front: Picturing a Communist Revolution in the US.

Posted: February 17, 2015 in *Celebration*, art, Fight war and war mongers, for your reflection, In Remembrance, knowledge is power, Solidarity, The Ruling Class Must Be Brought Down!

This show sounds very interesting. When I was in high school my art teacher was a former member of the John Reed Club and had worked on the Masses magazine. She had some very interesting stories to tell about those days when she was a young communist revolutionary living in NYC and working towards a new day. Many years later I was living in West Hurley right outside of Woodstock New York, which was an artist colony founded by socialist Hervey White. I was working for an artist who also had been involved with both the John Reed Club and many other left organizations. She told me of the fight against Randolph Hearst, dear Patty’s grandfather back in her day and how she and others felt that the fight continued with the kidnapping of Patty Hearst by the SLA. I met many other artists and artists widows who had been in the “good fight” back in the day and still were active in left politics. What a privilege it was to meet and share with these artists.

This exhibition sounds very interesting to me and interesting in a historical perspective on how artists faced their times and made political art that they hoped would make a difference in a big way. Check out the show and if you are in NYC go see it. We plan on going down to take in what our fore mothers and fathers were doing in art of the Left Front.

Posted by Hyperallergic on our facebook page.

‘The Left Front’ traces the development of activist art in the wake of the Great Depression. The artists represented in the show are united in their conviction that art is intrinsically social.

Different artists disagree as to how communist convictions are best or most effectively visualized, and the best part of The Left Front is the methodological tension that underwrites the varied app…

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