Associated American Artists: Prints for the People
Saturday, August 17
Sunday, August 18
Portland Art Museum 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205
"In the years after the Great Depression, the Associated American Artists (AAA) offered affordable art by big names through its mail-order print service. AAA sought to bring art into the lives of ordinary Americans and also to elevate the American experience by publishing limited-edition runs of works depicting everyday scenes of working class life.
The Portland Art Museum presents works from this innovative organization by famed American Regionalists Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and more, but also includes prints made by lesser-known artists of the era whose perspectives add depth to the exhibition." - Oregon Arts Watch.
The Associated American Artists (AAA) revolutionized modern print collecting in the period following the Great Depression. Founded by Reeves Lewenthal in 1934, the AAA aimed to provide affordable fine works of art to the middle and upper classes across the United States. Much of these works rejected European modernism and abstraction, instead exploring their regional communities and the lifestyles of everyday people, as well as prominent social concerns of the 1930s and '40s.