American Artists’ Congress and
Exhibition of the Municipal Art Committee Exhibits

Fig. 101. Sakari Suzuki, "Of Her Past"

In response to the growing labor movement in New York City during the Great Depression and concerns about the spread of fascism in Europe, some artist’s art began to critique social issues. In November 1929, these liberal-minded writers and artists formed the John Reed Club. In February 1936, members of the John Reed Club organized the American Artists’ Congress “Anti-War, Anti-Fascism, and the Defense of Culture” as its slogan. By 1941, the American Artists’ Congress held 22 exhibitions including an annual exhibition and special shows.

VISIT Exhibition 1936-1940