Gallery Talk at the Block MuseumJohn Murphy, curator — Gallery Talk for Blacklisted: William Gropper’s Capriccios (Block Museum of Art)

I have a PhD in Art History from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). My research interests include American and European Arts and Crafts, decorative arts, modernism, printmaking and the history of socialist art. I have taught courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on topics such as Victorian material culture, Utopia, and the Counterculture. I was a Dissertation Fellow at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Wilmington, DE and a 2014-2015 ACLS/Luce Fellow in American art. With Dr. Jill Bugajski I co-curated The Left Front: Radical Art in the “Red Decade, 1929-1940 (Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 2014; traveled to New York University’s Grey Gallery in January 2015). I also curated an exhibition of William Gropper’s Capriccios (a portfolio of 50 lithographs inspired by Gropper’s having been “blacklisted” during the McCarthy era) for the Block Museum’s Katz Gallery in the spring of 2013. I am currently Research Associate in American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.