Henkel Floyd Bennett Airport Mural

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Date: 1940

Region: North America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Public Art


Artist: August Henkel

Confronting Bodies: Federal Art Project

Dates of Action: 1940

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Description of Artwork: August Henkel's murals

The Incident: August Henkel's murals at Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Airport are taken down and destroyed. The Relief Bill of 1940 required artists to sign loyalty oath of Federal Art Project artists and specifically excluded communists from the program. August Henkel refused to sign the loyalty oath in the FAP contract, resulting in the removal of his murals.

Results of Incident: In 1943 all funding for the WPA stops.

Source: Art Journal, "Time Line," Robert Atkins, Fall '91, Vol. 50 #3,pg. 34