Jul 17, 2019  
2011-2012 University Catalogue 
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LAPI 933 - Hard Times: Arts of the Great Depression

3 credits
In 1935, Congress voted a New Deal for artists. This experiment in public arts funding was short-lived (Congress soon had second thoughts), but the writers, actors and photographers of “”The Project”” left a remarkable testimony to what we were, what we still are - and to what we long become as a nation. Tax dollars for federal theatre wasn’t a vote-getter in Texas, but during The Great Depression everyone went to the movies. Gangster movies, screwball comedies, and musicals gave a everybody a good time during hard times. Furthermore, even the funniest period films take a serious look at our American ambivalence toward success, wealth and power. New cultural forces changed public life; it was in 30s radio that we first see media transforming American politics. Although we will look at traditional mediums - murals, prints, posters, and public sculpture - and read poetry and novels from the period, our emphasis will be on media culture.

Prerequisites LACR*102 or LACR*103, and LACR*210

Student must have completed the 1st semester of their Sophomore year (45 credits).