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Working America, Unexpected Stories

Apr. 18–27, 2014

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Frank Paulin, <i>Carnival Worker with Attitude</i>, 1957. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Gift of Bruce and Silke Silverstein.

Frank Paulin, Carnival Worker with Attitude, 1957. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Gift of Bruce and Silke Silverstein.

In this exhibition of 30 objects from the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and the MSU Museum, students in Curatorial Practices in the Museum Studies Program explore social, economic, cultural and environmental issues related to work in America since the early 20th century. The American dream and the immigrant experience; native traditional craft and objects made for tourists; shop girls from the 1930s and mythic heroes are contrasted to tell stories of the American work force and how it has evolved and changed. Within the exhibition examples of Michigan work are highlighted.