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Index of American Design was one of the most highly regarded of the 1930s New
Deal art projects. Its aim was to compile and eventually publish a visual archive
of decorative, folk, and popular arts made in America from the time of settlement
to about 1900. Each object was recorded in a breathtakingly meticulous watercolor
drawing. This exhibition will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Gallery's
acquisition of the Index of American Design and will explore issues of folk
art and national identity. The installation will present approximately 80 of
the finest watercolor renderings from the Index along with a selection of approximately
37 of the original artifacts they represent, including quilts, weather vanes,
toys, carousel animals, stoneware, and cigar-store figures.