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UGA to host show on 1940s art, politics, censoring

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The art museum at the University of Georgia will be the final stop for a traveling show on 1940s art, politics and censorship.

The Georgia Museum of Art will host "Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy" from Jan. 25 to April 20.

J. LeRoy Davidson at the State Department created a traveling exhibition of contemporary American paintings in 1946. It was meant to foster goodwill between the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Influenced by various factors, President Harry Truman declared the art in the show un-American. By 1948, the works had been auctioned off.

"Art Interrupted" includes nearly all the paintings Davidson had purchased. It recreates his proposed exhibition and looks at the State Department's use of art as a tool in the Cold War.

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