Cheap Art Manifesto

Cheap Art

Yes, art should be cheap but cheap is a relative term. It can not be so cheap that the artists who make it can not afford to live a decent life. During the Great Depression the Works Progress Administration (WPA) paid artists to create. Whose idea was that?

Many of these artists went on to form the modernist movement in New York in the 40s and 50s. This made New York the art capital of the world by the 1960s. Unintended consequences?

The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann in New York City, and moved to Vermont in 1970. Bread and Puppet has been recognized worldwide for its monumental puppets and political stands on war, poverty, and social justice. Bread and Puppet is also known for starting the Cheap Art movement. Today, Bread and Puppet continues to be one of the oldest nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country.