Art and politics collide in Block Museum exhibit

‘The Left Front: Radical Art in the Red Decade, 1929-1940’

Through June 22

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

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“The Left Front: Radical Art in the Red Decade, 1929-1940” shares the aesthetics and the revolutionary spirit of some of the first artists entrenched in America’s progressive political movement. The groundbreaking exhibit runs through June 22 at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. The is the first exhibit to recognize the socially conscious work of artists, who associated with American journalist John Reed and also exhibited work in Reed’s New York collective. Reed’s firsthand accounts of the Russian Revolution inspired the award-winning movie, “Reds.”

At a time when artists banded together to promote social justice, this exhibit features dozens of significant pieces by such artists as Rockwell Kent, William Gropper, Carl Hoeckner and Morris Topchevsky, a Chicago artist,

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