Magafan Walkathon

performance by Anne Thulson and Allison Shelley

photographed by Dane Heyer Peterson and Fred Thulson

Posing as two WPA artists, Jenne and Ethel Magafan, Anne and Allison placed themselves at two public buildings in Denver where Jenne and Ethel had placed their murals. Then they walked towards each other.

 

This walk mirrors the way in which the Magafan twins pieced together a living from one U.S. Treasury Department mural commission to the next, all the way through the Great Depression with uncanny synchronicity, fortuity, and symmetry. Each sister had 8 commissions each in the Western states.

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