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Cook Glassgold
White Mates in One
(We Are All One Series), 1982
Oil on canvas, 24” x 32”
Gift of the artist

Born in New York, Cook Glassgold studied art at the National Academy of design and the Art Students League.  He taught at City College and became curator of painting at the Whitney Museum in 1932.  From 1936 to 1942 he was National Coordinator of the Index of American Design for the Works Progress Administration (WPA).  He worked for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and later for the American Joint Distribution Committee in Shanghi helping to relocate refugees.  After his retirement from professional employment, he served as a volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History. 

Glassgold also returned to painting and exhibiting his work.  He developed a series of paintings entitled We Are All One, which includes PCCC’s Off to Class and White Mates in One.  In a statement he wrote, “Racial, religious, color or minority prejudices have no place in our society. These paintings celebrate the decency and courage of those men, women and children…who denounce discrimination and fight for equality of all peoples.”