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Visualizing American History and Identity in the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial

dc.contributor.advisorAter, Reneeen_US
dc.contributor.authorEron, Abby R.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn her will, Philadelphia philanthropist Ellen Phillips Samuel designated $500,000 to the Fairmount Park Art Association "for the erection of statuary on the banks of the Schuylkill River ... emblematic of the history of America from the time of the earliest settlers to the present." The initial phase of the resulting sculpture project - the Central Terrace of the Samuel Memorial - should be considered one of the fullest realizations of New Deal sculpture. It in many ways corresponds (conceptually, thematically, and stylistically) with the simultaneously developing art programs of the federal government. Analyzing the Memorial project highlights some of the tensions underlying New Deal public art, such as the difficulties of visualizing American identity and history, as well as the complexities involved in the process of commissioning artwork intended to fulfill certain programmatic purposes while also allowing for a level of individual artists' creative expression.en_US
dc.titleVisualizing American History and Identity in the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorialen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentArt History and Archaeologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledArt historyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledEllen Phillips Samuelen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledHenri Marceauen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMaurice Sterneen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNew Dealen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPublic arten_US

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