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 Prints for the People: A Virtual Talk with Jane Bianco

January 24 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

Ernest Fiene (1894-1965)
Fisherman’s Cove, Maine, 1953
lithograph on semi-deckled white wove paper
9 3/4 x 13 inches (sheet)
Museum purchase, Leo Meissner Fund, 1984.37.3  
© Estate of Ernest Feine

Join the Farnsworth’s curator, Jane Bianco, for a virtual talk on the exhibition, Prints for the People, currently on view at the Farnsworth Art Museum.
The graphic arts flourished between the stock market crash of 1929 and the United States’ entry into World War II. Associated American Artists (AAA), a print publisher and gallery based in New York City, revolutionized modern print collecting throughout the Great Depression and beyond. The publisher’s mission was to bridge the gap between artists and their audiences by making fine art affordable to the general public. This program also provided a primary source of income to artists, including Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood.
AAA transformed modern print collecting as an affordable alternative to collecting paintings, employing a vigorous marketing campaign directed to middle-class households. AAA’s mail-order campaigns, magazine advertisements, department store sales, and traveling exhibitions supported artists and kept AAA in business until 2000. Drawn exclusively from the Farnsworth’s collection, this exhibition presents a snapshot of AAA’s efforts and artists’ contributions during its early decades.

Cost: $10; $8 for members