365 Days of Art: January 16 – Arshile Gorky Leaves the WPA to Work on Mural For World’s Fair

Arshile Gorky, Man's Conquest of the Air, 1939 World's Fair mural, now destroyed

January 16, 1939
Arshile Gorky temporarily leaves the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (which created employment during the Great Depression) to work on a mural called Man’s Conquest of the Air (now destroyed) for the Aviation Building at the New York World’s Fair.

Fun Fact: Gorky was born in Armenia, now Russia, and painted Garden in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics are about to be held.

Arshile Gorky, Garden in Sochi