A Peek At More Not-So-Hidden WPA Art

Greed hanging over sweat shop garment workers, with Castle Garden and recently arrived immigrants in the background.
A friend of mine teaches at the High School of Fashion Industries, so every once in a while I get to peek inside the building, constructed in 1938. Especially fascinating are the WPA murals in the auditorium, painted by Ernest Fiene. Landmarked, they're a wonderful political statement created in a time when workers--in this case garment--were finally earning the respect they deserved.

Enlightenment points to a group symbolizing the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, the 1911 tragedy that changed the industry.

These two panels symbolize the different parts of the trade unionizing, and working together in harmony.

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