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American Road Trip: New York City in the 1930s

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CourseGraphic Writers, artists, composers in New York City responded to the Great Depression of the 1930s in a variety of ways. The composer Cole Porter countered the hardships of the Thirties with witty and joyful musicals, while Marc Blitzstein embraced them in his gritty musical The Cradle Will Rock. Rockefeller Center rose in all its Art Deco splendor at the same time many artists and writers became increasingly political and leftleaning in their work. By the mid-30s, the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration brought commissions for writers and artists, the founding of the Federal Theatre Project, and much needed funds for municipal projects, spearheaded by Fiorello LaGuardia and Robert Moses. European artists, writers, musicians and architects flocked to New York to escape the increasing threats of Nazi Germany, bringing advanced ideas about modernism to New York. We’ll try to make sense of these sometimes contradictory directions in the arts of the 1930s in this cross-disciplinary tour of New York City’s rich cultural life. Our study group makes use of a combination of class presentations, readings, discussions, and video. Participants should be willing to research and present subjects to the group.


Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Roxane McLean2.Russ Lyman 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
3/5/2019 - 6/4/2019 Weekly - Tue 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Russ Lyman  ; Roxane McLean  ClassRoom