A Dust Bowl of Dog Soup: Picturing the Great Depression

Smith College Museum of Art (20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton MA 01063)

Art

Exhibition open September 19th through May 24th 2020. In 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression, President Roosevelt needed to generate enthusiasm for his New Deal. The challenge was to find support for investments into programs and services directed primarily to the recovery of rural America, which most city folk had not experienced firsthand. Roosevelt’s conversational and intimate fireside radio chats brought him into people’s homes. His straight talk promised hope and comfort to an ailing nation and highlighted what the government was doing to remedy the country’s ills.