Gilbert Publishes Essay in Midwest Studies Anthology

Gregory Gilbert (Art and Art History) has published the essay “Federal Art in the Midwest in the 1930s and the Meeting of Rural and Urban Cultures: A Challenge to Grant Wood’s ‘Revolt Against the City'” in A Scattering Time: How Modernism Met Midwestern Culture, Hastings College Press, 2018.

The essay examines the historical ironies associated with the Regionalist artist Grant Wood’s advocacy of early New Deal art programs as promoters of American regionalist culture. In actuality, the economic, agricultural and artistic policies of the New Deal encouraged hegemonic modernizing and industrial forces that undermined the traditional values and autonomy of the regional Midwest.