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New Deal Art and Architecture

By schopie1

In the 1930s, the United States government, under the leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his “New Deal” social program, emerged as a patron of the arts, assuring the survival of artists, improving public facilities and creating a public art audience. Countrywide, communities large and small, urban and rural, were recipients of this government-sponsored art. The Kresge Art Museum created this website as a resource for the general public and educators to discover the numerous examples of art and architecture of East Lansing and Lansing from this period. This site offers both a virtual online tour as well as a walking tour in a pdf format to print out and take with you on a visit to the Michigan State University Campus. Factual information on individual artists and activity guides are offered, as well as useful links to additional WPA resources. The walking tour of the Michigan State University campus takes approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.

Tour Content by Kresge Art Museum. Originally created by Thelma Rohrer, revised by Elizabeth DeRose and Kevin Henley. Photographs by Kevin Henley.

 
  1. MSU Auditorium, 1940

    East Lansing, MI, USA

  2. We Assure Freedom to the Free, Proclamation of Emancipation, The Modern Man I Sing (1943-4

    East Lansing, MI, USA

  3. Livestock Judging Pavilion, 1938

    East Lansing, MI, USA

  4. MSU Museum Auditorium

    East Lansing, MI 48823, USA

  5. MSU Library

    Okemos, MI 48864, USA

  6. Music Building

    East Lansing, MI, USA

  7. Music Building Courtyard Sculpture

    East Lansing, MI, USA

  8. Jenison Field House

    East Lansing, MI 48823, USA

  9. Williams Hall

    East Lansing, MI, USA

  10. Campbell Hall

    East Lansing, MI 48823, USA

  11. MSC Abbot Road Entrance Marker

    East Lansing, MI, USA

  12. MSU Union

    East Lansing, MI, USA

  13. Olin Health Center

    East Lansing, MI 48823, USA

  14. Abbot Hall

    East Lansing, MI, USA

  15. Giltner Hall

    East Lansing, MI, USA