Hope this note finds you safe, warm, and filled with holiday cheer. 

I’m elated to share that my research on the Donald De Lue reliefs on the Nix Federal Building in Philadelphia is now published on Hidden City Philadelphia! This subject is very near and dear to my heart (if the introductory paragraph did not already give that away). My hope is that this article will shed some more light on De Lue and his vast body of work. 

The Living New Deal, an interactive site which actively documents and maps New Deal art and architecture throughout the United States, incorporated my HC article on their page about the Nix Federal Building

In addition, the Middletown Township Historical Society also highlighted the HC article in their December Newsletter. 

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me regarding the piece. While writing and researching this article, I had limited access to archives and secondary sources due to COVID-19. Regardless, I am satisfied with the final product. 

It also dawned on me that I forgot to share on here that I published a review of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s anniversary exhibition: Making The Met: 1870-2020 on Mainly Museums. If you are looking for something to do around the holidays and feel comfortable enough to make the trek into NYC – this exhibition will remain open until January 3, 2021. I visited the institution over the weekend and the reduced capacity I mused about in an earlier article is still enforced. 

However, if you still want to #MuseumFromHome the Met created a ton of digital content surrounding the exhibition – including a virtual tour where they blended the audio guide (narrated by Steve Martin) and videos of the galleries. 

Thank you again for your continued support of Mary’s Musings. I have some exciting things planned for this site in the new year – so stay tuned! 


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1 Comment

  1. Thank you for the great article on Donald De Lue. De Lue is one of the great unsung artists of the 20th century.

    I have been approaching De Lue from a different angle. De Lue spent 15 years (from 1923 to 1938) as chief assistant to sculptor Bryant Baker. Baker is the creator of the “Pioneer Woman” statue here in my hometown of Ponca City Oklahoma and Donald De Lue had a key role in the creation of the statue.

    Here is an article I recently wrote about the Baker-De Lue Connection.


    Best Regards,

    Hugh Pickens


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