Henkel Floyd Bennett Airport Mural
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