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The Murals

Introduction

Magic in Medicine

Modern Medicine

Modern Surgery and Anesthesia

Pursuit of Happiness

Recreation in Harlem

Conserving the Murals

The Artists

The Controversy

The WPA in Harlem

The Murals

Introduction
The Harlem Hospital Center murals were created under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project.

 

Magic in Medicine
Charles Alston's diptychMagic in Medicine, paired with Modern Medicine, together imagine the history of healing and medicine in Africa.

 

Modern Medicine
A companion to Magic in Medicine, Charles Alston's diptych focuses on Western medicine and issues of racial integration.

 

Modern Surgery and Anesthesia
Alfred Crimi's fresco depicts the precise coordination and intense concentration of a surgical team.

 

Pursuit of Happiness
Vertis Hayes's eight-panel mural presents an arc of African American history.

 

Recreation in Harlem
Georgette Seabrooke's mural depicts recreational activities in Harlem.

 

Conserving the Murals
The murals are being restored and removed to make way for new construction and will be reinstalled in the lobby of the New Patient Pavilion.
   

 

 

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