Terra Foundation-supported Events

Exhibition: The Left Front: Radical Art in the “Red Decade,” 1929–1940

Organized by the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, this Terra Foundation-supported exhibition will explore the links between art and leftist politics in 1930s America, especially as connected to the John Reed Club (JRC) and the American Artists Congress (AAC). Through prints, paintings, posters, rare books, and ephemera drawn from the Block, the Terra Foundation, and other local collections, the exhibition will highlight how artists embraced radical political history, with special attention to Chicago. During the exhibition’s run, the museum’s main gallery will be converted into a makeshift John Reed Club, a site for free lectures, readings, debates, discussions, artistic production, and performances related to the exhibition’s historic period and themes.

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