Labor and Its Art: Gone But Far From Forgotten

Labor and Its Art: Gone But Far From Forgotten

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Abby Zimet

Maine Gov. LePage's tone-deaf move to "rebrand" the Department of Labor by removing the labor part is sparking outrage on multiple fronts. Six people have filed a lawsuit against LePage, a Portland co-operative cafe has replicated the murals, his own party members say they are dismayed by his "tone and spirit," and a rally today in Augusta will protest what artist Robert Shetterly calls a move to "discredit and suppress history." Such moves, it should be noted, have not fared well in the past.

“The job of the artist is to remind people of what they have chosen to forget.” - playwright Arthur Miller.

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