A hidden treasure: the Minneapolis Armory murals
- Blog Post by: James Eli Shiffer
- June 6, 2012 - 12:30 PM
I've walked past the Minneapolis Armory for more than six years, and even poked my head inside, but it wasn't until my reporter Eric Roper took a tour of the historic building this week that I learned about the two murals hidden within. Products of the Depression-era Federal Art Project, they're in the Social Realist style of the time. These works, by Elsa Jemne and Lucia Wiley, don't quite radiate the power of better known murals by Diego Rivera, Ben Shahn or Thomas Hart Benton, but they're ours.
I found the following photographs in the Star Tribune archives. They were taken by photographer Rita Reed in March 1990.
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