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Noted speakers will address the question "The New Deal was it a Great Deal?" during an afternoon symposium at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The speakers are Kathryn Flynn, author of The New Deal: A 75th Anniversary Celebration and Public Art and Architecture in New Mexico 1933-1943, Richard Melzer, author of Coming of Age in the Great Depression: The Civilian Conservation Corps Experience in New Mexico, 1933-1942, Lucinda Lucero Sachs, author of Clyde Tingly's New Deal for New Mexico, 1935-1938, and John Cordova of the Dennis Chavez Foundation who will speak on Dennis Chavezís role in WPA funds coming to NM. At the end of the presentation there will be time set aside for questions. Sponsored by: National Hispanic Cultural Center, National New Deal Preservation Association, and the Historical Society of New Mexico.
The Exhibit, The New Deal was it a Great Deal? consists of 36 photographs depicting New Deal art in New Mexico. A smaller group of black and white photographs by photojournalist Dorothea Lange will also be featured. There's a double focus to the exhibit and the symposium: to recall the impressive achievements of this dynamic period and to call attention to the need to preserve this art. Is there a need to replicate such a program today? The Exhibit will be on display at NHCC's History and Literary Arts Division through March 31, 2014.