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Arthur Rothstein

In the 1930s, the U.S. government formed the Resettlement Administration (which later became part of the Farm Security Administration [FSA]), a New Deal agency that relocated rural families negatively affected by the Great Depression. One of the most pressing issues facing many of these Americans was the severe drought in the West brought on by extreme weather patterns, resulting in what came to be known as the Dust Bowl. Within the FSA, Roy Stryker headed a photography unit tasked with documenting these disastrous effects, as well as the help provided by governmental agencies. Stryker hired eleven photographers, the first being his former pupil at Columbia University, Arthur Rothstein. His other hires included Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Ben Shahn.

The son of Jewish immigrants, Rothstein was born and raised in New York City. At age 21, he traveled to the Dust Bowl in April of 1936. His most well-known photograph Dust Storm, Cimmaron County, Oklahoma was taken not long after he arrived. The subjects are Arthur Coble and his two sons, Milton and Darrel, walking past a shed on their property during a dust storm in Boise City, located in the panhandle of Oklahoma. Rothstein recalled the moment that he took this shot: “I was about to get into my car when I turned to wave to [Coble and his two sons]. And I looked and saw this man bending into the wind, with one of the boys in front of him and another one behind him, and great swirls of sand all around, which made the sky and the earth become one. And I said, ‘What a picture this is!’ and I just picked up my camera and went ‘click.’ One photograph, one shot, one negative.” As an adult Darrel Coble (the boy pictured at the right) remembered the following: “All the days was about alike then. For a 3-year-old kid, you just go outside and play, dust blows and sand blows, and you don’t know any different.”

Arthur Rothstein, Dust Storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936

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Arthur Rothstein
American, 1915–1985
Dust Storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936
Silver gelatin print
11 x 14 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.48
Beth Cavener
American, b. 1972
Empire of Dust, 2006
Stoneware with painting and an antique box
23 x 41 x 45 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, FIA 2016.33

Margaret Keelan
Canadian, b. 1948
Robin, 2008
Ceramic
25 x 5 x 6 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, FIA 2016.34

Christine Federighi
American, 1949–2006
Untitled, n.d.
Ceramic
67 x 9 x 9 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, FIA 2016.35

Don Freeman
American, 1908–1978
Plights of Stardom, 1935
Lithograph on paper
14 3/8 x 12 3/8 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.36

Allen Weary
American, 19th/20th century
From Lake St. Bridge, Looking N. East, 1898
Pencil on paper
5 1/4 x 8 5/8 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.37

Hans Klemke
German, 1892–1960
Coal Mine, ca. 1930
Hand-colored etching on paper
11 1/4 x 8 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.38

John Costigan
American, 1888–1972
Springtime, ca. 1938
Etching on paper
9 1/2 x 11 1/8 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.39

Joseph Pennell
American, 1857–1926
The Grip, Serang, 1910
Etching on paper
9 3/8 x 12 3/8 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.40
Hugh Mesibov
American, b. 1916
Unworldly Landscape, 1942
Pencil on paper
9 x 11 3/4 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.41

Andre Racz
American, b. Romania, 1916–1994
Depression and Neurosis, 1944
Engraving on paper
9 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.42

Jacqueline Bishop
American, b. 1955
Peach Tree, 2014
Watercolor over collage on paper
24 x 18 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.43

Douglas Bourgeois
American, b. 1951
Discard for Amy Winehouse, 2013
Acrylic over collage on board
12 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.44

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471–1528
Saint Nicholaus, Ulrich and Erasmus, ca. 1505
Woodcut on paper
8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.45

Santiago Moix
Spanish, b. 1960
Rapa III, 2003
Iris print on paper
17 x 21 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.46

Linda Soberman
American
Converstation/Paris 2, 2014
Lithograph on paper
20 x 10 1/2 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.47

Arthur Rothstein
American, 1915–1985
Dust Storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936
Silver gelatin print
11 x 14 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.48

Ivan Albright
American, 1897–1983
Self Portrait at 55 East Division, 1947
Lithograph on paper
14 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches
Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, FIA 2016.49
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