Alabama Cotton Tenant Farmer’s Wife, 1936, printed c. 1962 Walker Evans
Alabama Cotton Tenant Farmer’s Wife, 1936, printed c. 1962 Walker Evans 

PHOTOGRAPHY + FOLK ART: Looking for America in the 1930s

21/09/2019 - 19/01/2020

The Art Institute of Chicago 
111 South Michigan Avenue 
 
60603 Chicago

www.artic.edu   

 
In the 1930s, as the United States was struggling through the Great Depression, a rising interest in early American vernacular arts—collectively referred to as folk art—converged with major documentary photographic projects. As artists, curators, collectors, and government administrators sought to define American culture as distinct from Europe, they identified in these two burgeoning fields a national culture they considered egalitarian, unpretentious, and self-made.