I took the RTA train downtown to the Cleveland Public Library.
At the Library – where I had come to attend an event – I checked out a few Russian Books.
Russian children’s books at CPL
Original section of Main Library
The event I attended was in the new Louis Stokes wing.
Lobby of Louis Stokes Wing
The Main branch of the Cleveland Public Library (www,cpl.org) has been hosting a display of labor and New Deal (visual) art from January 18 – March 24, and on February 23 was host to Laborfest: a multimedia celebration from videos and powerpoint presentations to live drama and music.
We were warmly welcomed by Leonard DiCosimo (President, Cleveland Federation of Musicians), who introduce Harriet AppleGate, (Executive Secretary of the North Shore Federation of Labor), who also welcomed us and introduced Patrick Gallagher (USW).
They were followed by three speakers: Prof. Ahmed White, Colorado School of Law; Prof. Patricia Hills, Boston University; and Dr. M. Melissa Wolfe, Curator of American Art at the Columbus Museum of Art. All were very well qualified to speak in their areas.
Mr. White covered the infamous ‘little steel’ strike of 1937, ranging from the Chicago Massacre, in which ten strikers were killed, through actions in Ohio, to the eventual, inadequate settlements, concluded in 1942; Ms. Hills spoke on Art and Politics in the Popular Front: The Union Work and Social Realism of Philip Evergood; Ms. Wolfe presented the life and works of Joe Jones – a worker-artist. Joe – who started out as a house painter – said he wanted to make art that would knock holes in walls, rather than merely make them pretty.
Reading the play “Capitalization”. Cleveland Public Theater.
Todd Smith and the New Deal All Stars sing depression era songs.
It was a fine event: enlightening and entertaining: see my post in charlog.me for more detail.