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Art for Every Home at Beach Museum of Art

"Art for the Everyday Home"

“The Sowers” by Thomas Hart Benton is from the series “The Year of Peril.” Benton began the series immediately after the December 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, compelled to express on canvas this heightened threat to American democracy. The painting is in the collection of the State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia Research Center and Gallery.


The Beach Museum at Kansas State University’s new show, “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists” features works by names such as Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood and John Stuart Curry.  In the 1930’s the AAA (Associated American Artists) began aggressively marketing prints, ceramics and textiles through catalogs – and brought art into the average American home.

Organized by the Beach Museum of Art, the exhibition of 136 objects from over 25 museums and private collections will travel to the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, April 19-July 9, 2016; The American Textile History Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts, September 16, 2016 – January 2, 2017; and the Syracuse University Art Galleries, New York, January 26 – March 26, 2017.

A speaker series will take place throughout the fall at the museum and includes the following presentations, all at 5:30 p.m.:

• Seaton will present “Art by Mail: Associated American Artists” on Thursday, Oct. 1.

• Joan Stack, State Historical Society of Missouri curator, will present “Thomas Hart Benton: The Perils of War” on Thursday, Oct. 29.

• Kristina Wilson, Clark University professor of art history, will present “The American Home of the 1950s” on Thursday, Nov. 5.

• Erika Doss, Notre Dame University professor of American studies, will present “Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood” on Thursday, Nov. 19.

The reception and speaker series are free and the public is welcome.

For more information on the show, go to the Beach Museum’s website.

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