At Work: The Art of California Labor

Emmy Lou Packard, "Carpenter", 1950. Woodcut, 3 color.

Emmy Lou Packard, “Carpenter”, 1950. Woodcut.

Invitation postcard announces exhibit opening day for "At Work, the Art of California Labor", February 17, 2005.  Features fresco by Diego Rivera, "Allegory of California", 1931.

Invitation postcard announces exhibit opening day for “At Work, the Art of California Labor”, February 17, 2005. Features fresco by Diego Rivera, “Allegory of California”, 1931.

The Los Angeles Maritime Museum and the Harry Bridges Institute were pleased to present “At Work: The Art of California Labor”.

During the twentieth century, California witnessed several pivotal events in labor history. At the same time, talented artists dedicated themselves to illustrating these struggles and triumphs through mediums such as photographs, prints, woodcuts, and murals. The “At Work” exhibit will include traveling works of art courtesy of the California Exhibition Resource Alliance, complemented by never-before exhibited photographs and paintings from the collections of the Maritime Museum and the Harry Bridges institute.  Museum visitors were able to experience these pieces not only for their artistic merit, but for what they can teach us about the history of labor in California.

A series of public programs  accompanied the exhibit. Featured speakers included Lauren Coodley, author of “Orange Groves and Jails: Upton Sinclair’s California”, who presented a lecture and book signing at the Museum.

Major Funding for “At Work” was generously provided by the James Irvine Foundation, The Walter and Elise Hass Fund, and San Francisco State University.