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Frances K. Pohl
Pomona College (Claremont, CA 91711-4434)

Class, Culture and the Visual Arts: The Metropolitan Museum's Workers' Education Program

My study focuses on a workers education program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City that ran from the summer of 1942 to the spring of 1944 and that involved collaboration between staff from the museum's Department of Education and representatives from various labor organizations in New York City. Using the tools of art history and labor/working class studies, I will attempt to explain why the museum was willing to engage with labor union representatives at this moment in time (the end of the Depression and the beginning of World War II), how its workers education program fit within broader educational reform movements of the 1930s and early 1940s, in particular those sponsored by labor unions, and what factors contributed to both the program's successes and failures.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 9/30/2013