Tag Archives: WPA

Object of the Week – Water Tower

Zama Vanessa Helder’s work is often identified with a style known as precisionism for the sharp, linear edges used to define objects. Precisionist images celebrate America’s then-fledgling industrial and urban age and the crisp geometry of its factories, skyscrapers, bridges, and other architectural wonders. Helder took this style to new heights by working in watercolor, … Continue reading Object of the Week – Water Tower

The Art in Your Backyard: Public Art in Tacoma

If you have been outdoors anywhere in Tacoma, you have seen public art. From the amazing Prairie Line Trail to the environmental sculptures at the new Dune Peninsula, Tacoma has been making art accessible for decades. As TAM opened Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s, which looks broadly at the public art in … Continue reading The Art in Your Backyard: Public Art in Tacoma

Lessons Learned: Never Throw Away an Old Box without Looking Inside

The catalogue card that led to four mysterious boxes read simply “Delivery—Forest Service from Washington D.C. 1952.”  Inside them was a remarkable discovery, one of many that has made the exhibition Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s possible. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the U.S. government created the New Deal: a … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Never Throw Away an Old Box without Looking Inside

Work in Progress: Behind the Scenes of Forgotten Stories

Developing museum exhibitions can take years, and sometimes, as in the case of Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s, they can take decades. Over 18 years ago, Interim Chief Curator Margaret Bullock began the research that would result in the new exhibition opening on February 22, 2020. At that time, she was an … Continue reading Work in Progress: Behind the Scenes of Forgotten Stories