Marlene Park and Gerald E. Markowitz research materials on New Deal Art, 1931-1999

Park, Marlene, b. 1931
Art historian
Active in New York, N.Y.

Markowitz, Gerald E., b. 1944
Art historian
Active in New York,N.Y.

Collection size: 5.8 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The Marlene Park and Gerald E. Markowitz research files on New Deal art are dated 1931-1999 and measure 5.8 linear feet. The research files document New Deal art projects and artists through some original correspondence with artists, printed material, interview transcripts, and several sound recordings of interviews with artists of the period. Subject files relate to WPA era art and art projects; many contain numerous photocopies of records from the Personnel Records Center and the U. S. Treasury Relief Arts Projects now in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art historians Marlene Park (1931- ) and husband Gerald E. Markowitz (1944- ) conducted research on New Deal art projects. Their work resulted in an exhibition "New Deal for Art: The Government Projects of the 1930's with Examples from New York City and State" (1977) and a catalog with the same title. 7), and a book, Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal (1984). Both were on the faculty of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Marlene Park served on the Public Art Preservation Committee from 1979-1982.

The Marlene Park and Gerald E. Markowitz research materials on New Deal Art were donated to the Archives in 1999 by art historians Marlene Park and Gerald E. Markowitz.

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