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Strike

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Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Berta Margoulies
American, born Poland, 1907–1996

Date

1948

Medium

Bronze

Accession #

2004.176

Dimensions

23 3/4 x 16 x 12 1/4 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 310

Description

Forced to emigrate from their native Poland before World War I, Berta Margoulies and her family eventually settled in New York in 1921. Along with William Zorach, Margoulies became a charter member of the Sculptors Guild, a progressive organization established to support artists producing work “for the people” during the Great Depression. Although the laborers’ signs in this sculpture are blank, Margoulies uses the medium to formulate a powerful statement of united purpose—evoking themes of race, class, and social struggle.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Sherri and Jess Crawford