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Homage to Audrey McMahon (Goddess of Fertility)

1977 Eugenie Gershoy Born: Krivoi Rog, Russia 1901 Died: United States 1986 papier-mache on wire armature with cut out paper and painted with egg tempera on wood base 25 3/4 x 13 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (65.4 x 35.3 x 25.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1984.76 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B


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Homage to Audrey McMahon (Goddess of Fertility)

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Audrey McMahon was actively involved in the creation of the Federal Art Project, and served as its regional director in New York. Established during the Depression, the FAP was a New Deal program that created employment for artists and teachers and, as McMahon said, made art “a reality in the public’s daily experience.” During the first few years of its operation, the four main creative divisions of the project (murals, sculpture, easel painting, and graphic art) produced more than fifty thousand works of art in New York City. Eugenie Gershoy created this sculpture, Goddess of Fertility, to symbolize McMahon’s instrumental role in providing work for artists during the 1930s.

Keywords

Figure female - full length

Miscellaneous - homage - McMahon

Mythology - other - goddess

sculpture

metal - wire

paint - tempera

paper - papier-mache

wood

About Eugenie Gershoy

Born: Krivoi Rog, Russia 1901 Died: United States 1986

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