Depression-era murals in New Mexico targeted for removal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A set of Depression-era murals at New Mexico’s largest university are being targeted by some faculty and students for their depictions of Hispanic and Native Americans.
KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports some students want the “West Wing Murals” at the University of New Mexico’s Zimmerman Library removed.
Taos artist Kenneth Adams in 1939 was commissioned by the New Deal’s Public Works of Art Project to paint images depicting Native Americans, Hispanics and whites of New Mexico. The murals also were paid for by a Carnegie Corporation grant.
But the murals have been the subject of protests for years.
A task force is investigation options into the mural’s future
New Deal programs put Americans to work in public works projects, such as the Adams murals, in response to the Great Depression.