Ben Shahn, Welders
(For Full Employment after the War), 1944
Randolph-Macon College will host a lecture by Dr. John Ott, titled “Brotherhood
on Paper: Giacomo Patri and the Representation of Interracial Solidarity in the
American Labor Movement,” on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the Topping
Room of Old Chapel.
Ott will discuss print artist Giacomo Patri’s work to document, celebrate and advocate
for the racial integration of the Marine Cooks and Stewards Association. In Patri’s
1944 comic-book history of the San Francisco-based CIO-member union, Ott believes
he demonstrated that the visual and textual rhetoric of labor solidarity did not
always perfectly align with the goals of racial integration and workplace egalitarianism.
Ott is an associate professor of art history at James Madison University. His areas
of research interest include art history of the U.S. before 1945, with emphasis
on art patronage, museums, and markets, and on social class and its intersections
with ethnicity and gender. His research also includes Pre-Columbian Art, with emphasis
on Aztec Mesoamerica. Ott is a Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow for 2009-2010.
This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Randolph-Macon
College art history department and funded by CASE (Committee on Assemblies and Special
For more information on this lecture, contact Dr. Evie Terrono at (804) 752-7242