ca. 1935-1943 Patrociño Barela Born: Bisbee, Arizona Died: Cañon, New Mexico 1964 carved and stained pine 21 5/8 x 44 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (54.9 x 112.4 x 4.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration 1985.65.10 Not currently on view
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Patrociño Barela carved several relief sculptures for the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s and ‘40s. This piece was possibly inspired by Japanese involvement in the outbreak of World War II, especially the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Barela carved a rough map of Tokyo Bay, with writing to indicate areas such as “Government Embassy,” “hospital” and “factory district.” The “American Docks and Freight” suggests that Barela hoped American forces would soon invade and occupy Japanese territory.
Object - written matter - map
Waterscape - bay - Tokyo Bay
New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - New Mexico
sculpture - relief
wood - pine
About Patrociño Barela
Born: Bisbee, Arizona Died: Cañon, New Mexico 1964
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