Dimensions: 8 3/8 x 10 7/8 in. (21.3 x 27.6 cm)
Classification: Prints and Printing Plates
Credit Line: Transferred from the Applied Art Department, Iowa State University. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museusms, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
African American's are seen playing at a table game. A gaffer can be defined as an older man, a foreman, or an overseer. During the Depression, European American laborers faced extreme levels of poverty once reserved for African-Americans. Examples of survival and the ability to cope were often taken from folkways the African-American community had been practicing for generations.
Irwin Hoffman was born in 1901 in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Boston's Museum School of Fine Arts. In 1943, Irwin Hoffman became a World War II artist/correspondent documenting the training of the US Navy as they prepared for action in the South Pacific and Europe.
Published References: AAA Cat.: 1936-02