Curators Corey Keller and Sarah Roberts recount the exhibitions and outreach efforts SFMOMA organized during World War II. Artist Allison Smith adds to this story by discussing Arts & Skills Service, her contemporary take on the Red Cross Arts & Skills program, which taught art and craft skills to wounded soldiers as part of their psychological rehabilitation. Next up, we look at two very different artists who bring the street into the galleries: Dorothea Lange and Barry McGee. Lange, a photographer who captured the devastation of daily life during the Depression, tells a story from her own front lines, followed by McGee, a contemporary artist who describes his work as a collection of moments from the street. McGee's work is contextualized by Chris Brennan, coauthor of Bay Area Graffiti, who discusses bringing street art into the galleries, and by People Under the Stairs, who finish the episode with a track that evokes the spirit of McGee's work.
Each SFMOMA Artcast brings you illuminating audio and video interviews with artists, curators, and visitors as they respond to the works on view and in the museum's collection.