The art of cooking.
Article Type: Painting
Subject: Home economics (Portrayals)
College teachers (Works)
Pub Date: 03/22/2012
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: Spring, 2012 Source Volume: 40 Source Issue: 1
Persons: Named Person: True, Virginia
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 294821785
Full Text: Virginia True's iconic mural in room 166 of Martha Van Rensselaer Hall--a backdrop to countless College of Human Ecology courses and events--turns 75 years old in 2012. True (shown at work below), who died in 1989 after a long career as a professor of housing and design and an administrator in the college, titled the painting Home Economics. Dominating the top-center of the mural is what True referred to as "Primitive woman, who represents elemental needs and urges." The surrounding scenes depict the scientific study of home economics in the kitchen, the lab, and the home. Keen-eyed viewers will also spot the college's founding co-directors, Martha Van Rensselaer and Flora Rose, top-left, and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, an advocate for the college's domestic studies, bottom-left. A voice for the arts on campus, True established an art gallery in MVR Hall, a first on campus, and exhibited her work widely throughout the United States in galleries and museums.

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