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FAPE 2017: Roy Lichtenstein—Mexico—The Mural Tradition

Panelists include Jack Cowart, executive director, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation; Dorothy Lichtenstein, president, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, and FAPE Board member; and Robert Storr, professor of painting and former dean, Yale School of Art, and chairman, FAPE's Professional Fine Arts Committee. Moderated by Harry Cooper, curator and head, department of modern art, National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery of Art, in collaboration with the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), hosted their annual panel discussion with Jack Cowart, Dorothy Lichtenstein, and Robert Storr on April 24, 2017. The conversation, moderated by Harry Cooper, focused on the history and tradition of murals, in celebration of a major gift to FAPE of Roy Lichtenstein’s Greene Street Mural for the new US Embassy in Mexico City. During the New Deal era from 1933 to 1943, the American government administered four separate art programs that produced thousands of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper for display in federal buildings throughout the country. Thanks to Mexican muralists Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, the US artistic community had already become inspired during the 1920s and 1930s by the revitalization of murals and the Italian Renaissance fresco style.