Tag: WWII

Film Friday: War Photographers + WPA Artists

Artists have played key roles in times of war. From documenting maneuvers and battles – to illustrating equipment and use manuals – their skills have served in ways that may sometimes be overlooked.

Creative Reuse Sculpture Activity

Creative Reuse for materials was important to survival in the era of the Great Depression. Limited resources promoted ingenuity and conservation of materials – which we can relate to in small part today! Gather your cardboard tubes to make this repurposed material sculpture.

Illustrated Happy Hour: Benton Spruance + French 75 Cocktail

It’s time for another Illustrated Happy Hour – this week highlighting artist Benton Spruance. Learn how to make a French 75 cocktail from Cypress Street Station, learn about the artist, and then get your watercolor paints out to paint along!

E. O. Goldbeck and the Famous 36th Infantry

E.O. (Eugene Omar) Goldbeck was a commercial photographer active in Texas in the early 1900s until his death in the mid-1980s. He was a second generation German-American and grew up and lived in San Antonio. The 36th Infantry Division formed during World War I and fought in France throughout the duration of the war. They were comprised of soldiers from both Texas and Oklahoma until after the First World War. The patch for the division, which you see in this photograph, is a symbol for both states – the arrowhead for Oklahoma and the “T” for Texas.

Rise of the American Scene: Regionalism and the Dust Bowl

In the wake of severe economic uncertainty, social upheaval and political shifts that followed the disastrous Great Depression, American artists maintained a commitment to projecting a very personal view. Intent on shunning the influence of European artists and instruction, these artists struggled to establish and maintain their own identity. Much of this work, especially that now known as Social Realism and Regionalism, falls within the larger movement known as American Scene.

History of the Service Flag

Located in the Grace Museum’s 1948 historic period room living room is a small white flag with a red border and gold fringe. At the center of the flag are two blue stars. This small flag, known as the Service Flag, carries with it great significance to those who know its meaning.