Mitchell Siporin

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Mitchell Siporin (1910–1976) was a Social Realist American painter.[1][2]


Mitchell Siporin was born in New York City and grew up in Chicago.[2][3] Through the Works Progress Administration, he worked as a painter. Together with Edward Millman, he painted the frescoes in the Central Post Office in St Louis.[3] From 1946 to 1949, he served in the army in North Africa and Italy.[3] In 1949, he won the Prix de Rome in painting.[3]

In 1951, he founded the Department of Fine Arts at Brandeis University.[4] In 1956, he became the first curator of the Brandeis University Art Collection.[4]

His works can be found in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.[2]

He was Jewish.[5]

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  1. ^ Ted Rall, Attitude: the new subversive political cartoonists, Syracuse, New York: Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing, 2002 [1]
  2. ^ a b c Oakton Community College biography
  3. ^ a b c d Abram Leon Sachar, Brandeis University: A Host at Last, Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, 1995, p. 157 [2]
  4. ^ a b Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, Painting in Boston, 1950-2000, Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002, p. 204 [3]
  5. ^ Irving Cutler, The Jews of Chicago: From Shtetl to Suburb, Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1996, p. 146 [4]