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Eldredge asks several provocative questions. Why did Curry, an artist associated with ...
Eldredge asks several provocative questions. Why did Curry, an artist associated with his native Kansas, choose to depict a subject from the Mississippi Delta? As a painter of nineteenth-century or contemporary agrarian scenes, what prompted Curry to select a specific historical event rather than a more generalized statement of American life? Who was the presumed audience, and what role did it have in the painting's creation? Because of its position in the artist's career, its role in a notable publishing venture, and its appearance at a crucial political moment, Hoover and the Flood provides a revealing look at American art and culture--both political and journalistic--of 1940.
No other scholar has deeply explored this historically rich work, one that helps us reflect upon our own era's national tragedy in Katrina-torn New Orleans.
-Wanda M. Corn, Stanford University
Foreword by Kevin Grogan
John Steuart Curry's Hoover and the Flood
Art and LifeNotes
Curry and Traditions
Artists and Floods
A Watery Heartland
The Flood of 1937
Curry and Floods
Hoover and the Flood
Rehabilitation and Restoration