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 twentieth-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.

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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. 

Tickets to this event include Museum admission.

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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