Untitled (1930) by Todros Geller. ( Alvia Urdaneta/ Collection of Bernard Friedman.)

Seeing Red: NYU’s Grey Art Gallery Revisits America’s Socialist Moment in Full

Once upon a time, serious artists were expected to take a firm political stand. Through their works and activities they addressed social injustices, problems of hunger, unemployment, economic inequity, and racial, ethnic and sexual prejudices that permeated everyday life in America. Art for art’s sake was regarded as merely a bourgeois conceit; artists were “culture workers” and the most important of them willingly abandoned their ivory tower to better serve the proletariat.

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