Outside Learning: George Beattie Murals

This is the last Outside Learning opportunity for the semester. I will accept a review up until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5. Remember it should be 200-300 words on this exhibit and what you can apply to visual journalism.

George Beattie’s Agriculture Murals

AUGUST 01, 2012 – JANUARY 06, 2013
PATSY DUDLEY PATE BALCONY
Georgia Museum of Art

In 1956, George Beattie, an Atlanta-based artist, painted a series of eight murals that hung at the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s building in downtown Atlanta until 2011. The four that will be on display here address the state’s history of agriculture, beginning with a representation of the American Indians who originally lived in the region and including two that address slavery. When newly elected agriculture commissioner Gary Black took office, he decided to remove the murals from the walls of the building, saying, “I think we can depict a better picture of agriculture.” Rather than allow the works to languish in government storage, the museum offered to take them and to mount the display to promote discussion about what the murals portray, how they portray it and why they are controversial.

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