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“Farmboy, 1938”

on December 29, 2011

Ben Shahn’s American Scene: Photographs, 1938 presents one hundred superb photographs from his most ambitious project, a survey of small-town life in the Depression. Shahn’s photographs highlight conflicts between traditional values and the newer ones introduced by modernity as represented by the movies, chain stores, and the tantalizing allure of consumer goods, and they are particularly rich in observation about the changes brought about by Americans’ universal reliance on the automobile. They also explore the small town’s standing as the nation’s symbol of democratic community and expose the discriminatory social and racial practices that subverted this ideal in 1930s America.

“The inherent truth in these deeply felt photographs is further proof of Ben Shahn’s enduring relevance as an artist.”–Forward

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