America Is Hard to See

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This audio guide highlights selected works by artists in America Is Hard to See. Curators, scholars, and artists provide additional commentary.

732Louis Lozowick, Hooverville, 1932


Louis Lozowick (1892-1973), _Hooverville_, 1932. Lithograph: sheet (irregular), 14 15/16 × 10 7/8 in. (37.9 × 27.6 cm); image (irregular), 11 3/4 × 8 in. (29.8 × 20.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from The Lauder Foundation, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Fund 96.68.203 © Estate of Louis Lozowick; courtesy Mary Ryan Gallery, New York

NARRATOR: Louis Lozowick’s Hooverville depicts the shantytown that grew in Central Park during the Great Depression. Hundreds of homeless men lived in the camp, which was named for the president many people held responsible for the Depression. The encampment was on the site of an abandoned reservoir, which was later converted into the Great Lawn—one of the park’s grandest spaces. In this print, recently opened luxury apartment buildings rise above a man who seems to inhabit a space that is almost underground—stark reminders of the income inequality that characterized the Depression. In the lower right, a man lies on the ground—passed out or asleep.