Thursday, April 30, 2009

History of Transportation

Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street
Reno, Nevada

History of Transportation

In 1940 the WPA commissioned Helen Lundeberg to design a mural illustrating the history of the transportation era. Her highly-detailed and superbly-crafted study for the mural was eventually realized in full-scale near Centinela Park in Inglewood, California. The imagery includes references to Native American ways of life, Spanish-era exploration, the contributions of Asian laborers to railroad construction, the introduction of the automobile, and the popularization of public transportation.

Through December 6, 2009

[Image credit: Helen Lundeberg, History of Transportation (detail), 1940, Mixed media on illustration board 8 panels, 10 x 34 inches (each). Collection of Nevada Museum of Art.]

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