Symposium—"The Full Force of His Spiritual Bellows": Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural, Part 1

Morning Session—Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural: New Perspectives

Welcoming Remarks:
Sheena Wagstaff, Leonard A. Lauder Chairman, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, MMA

Introduction:
Randall Griffey, Associate Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, MMA

Lectures:
"Changing the Game: How America Today Changed the Course of American Art"
Henry Adams, The Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, Case Western Reserve University

"'Anarchic Carelessness' and 'Expansive Grandeur': Regional Change in Thomas Hart Benton's America Today"
Austen Barron Bailly, The George Putnam Curator of American Art, Peabody Essex Museum

"Benton's Cinematic Style: Modernism, Movies, and America Today"
Erika Doss, Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Notre Dame

"The Sounds of America Today"
Leo Mazow, Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art, University of Arkansas

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered, on view September 30, 2014–April 19, 2015.

Recorded March 2, 2015

The symposium is made possible by the Clara Lloyd-Smith Weber Fund.

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