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School's Out

1936 Allan Rohan Crite Born: Plainfield, New Jersey 1910 Died: Boston, Massachusetts 2007 oil on canvas 30 1/4 x 36 1/8 in. (76.9 x 91.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from General Services Administration 1971.447.18 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, South Wing

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Crite thought of himself as an artist-reporter whose assignment was to capture the daily lives of ordinary people. His skill as an acute observer of American life is apparent in School's Out, which shows dozens of children leaving the annex of Everett elementary school in Boston's South End at a time when boys and girls were taught separately. Although Crite acknowledged that School's Out may reflect a romanticized view, it also presents a universal statement about community, stability, and the bonds of family life.

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012


Architecture Exterior - domestic - apartment

Architecture Exterior - education

Cityscape - street

Ethnic - African-American

Figure group - female

New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - Massachusetts


paint - oil

fabric - canvas