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Social Unionism in Action

The Union Meets the Met: The Vanishing Curve

Magazine of Art, October 1946.

“The Vanishing Curve,” oil Painting by Arlene Shore (age 22), daughter of a member of ILGWU Local 22, early 1940s.

Art classes sponsored by both the National Maritime Union and the ILGWU proved to be a much-appreciated element of the unions’ commitment to the arts.

The story of these initiatives, and the complex canvas of personalities and institutions in the museum and in the unions, is told in the 1946 article by Abell, and examined more recently by art historian Frances K. Pohl “Art, Education, and Labor.” Kunst und Politik, 2005.