James Thrall Soby and a serviceman at the Museum’s Servicemen’s Party, fall 1943. James Thrall Soby papers. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.
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In the years leading up to and during World War II, The Museum of Modern Art—then in its early days—organized a number of shows intended to elicit public support of the war and to solidify America’s image as a humanitarian society interested in spreading democracy and freedom. These compelling exhibitions included works by artists who were motivated by their wartime experiences, providing a glimpse into the war-torn lands of Europe and the East and the difficulties of military life as experienced from within, as well as works produced by artists involved in government-sponsored competitions and campaigns for the war effort in the United States. This comprehensive installation documents MoMA’s wartime exhibition programming through correspondence, press clippings, and photographs from the Museum Archives.

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