Heroic America: James Daugherty's Mural Drawings from the 1930s
by Rebecca E. Lawton
About the author
At the time of writing of this essay Rebecca E. Lawton was The Emily Hargroves Fisher, class of 1957, and Richard B. Fisher Curator, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Ms. Lawton is presently the Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX.
About the catalogue
Heroic America: James Daugherty's Mural Drawings from the 1930s marked the first presentation of the artist's work as a mural painter. One of the goals of this exhibition and the catalogue have been to alter the existing assumption that Daugherty produced relatively few murals during his life and that his participation in the American mural movement of the 1930s was therefore of little consequence. Foreword by James Mundy; Preface and Acknowledgments and Essay by Rebecca Lawton. 84 pages, 10 color illustrations; softbound (right: front cover of Heroic America: James Daugherty's Mural Drawings from the 1930s exhibition catalogue. Photo courtesy Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center)
About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400 square foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The Lehman Loeb Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 15,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares. Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American twentieth century painters. Vassar was the first college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections. 
Resource Library editor's note
The above essay was reprinted, without accompanying illustrations, in Resource Library on June 23, 2005 with the permission of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. This text is excerpted from the 84 page illustrated exhibition catalogue titled Heroic America: James Daugherty's Mural Drawings from the 1930s, published in 1998 by the Art Center. The catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition of the same name, held at the Art Center April 3 through June 7, 1998.
If you have questions or comments regarding the essay, or wish to obtain a copy of the catalogue from which it is excerpted, please contact the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center directly through either this phone number or web address:
Resource Library extends its appreciation to Dr. James Mundy, The Anne Hendricks Bass Director, and Dr. Joel Smith, The Emily Hargroves Fisher, class of 1957, and Richard B. Fisher Curator, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, for their help concerning the reprinting of this essay.
1. excerpted from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center's web site.
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