A Musical Tribute to Thomas Hart Benton

A Musical Tribute to Thomas Hart Benton

Friday, February 20, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

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With Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band

In 1930, Thomas Hart Benton was commissioned to create a mural for the boardroom of The New School on West 12th Street in New York. His ten-panel work, America Today, offers a moving narrative of early 20th-century America—and inspires this evening of dance music from Harlem’s heyday. Jazz pianist Orrin Evans leads his Captain Black Big Band in a sizzling rendition of Harlem’s golden musical age.

This program is in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered, on view September 30, 2014–April 19, 2015. 

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Above: Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), City Activities with Dance Hall from America Today, (detail), 1930-31. Mural cycle consisting of ten panels Egg tempera with oil glazing over Permalba on a gesso ground on linen mounted to wood panels with a honeycomb interior. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of AXA Equitable, 2012 (2012.478a-j2012)

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