Skip to main content

American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood

June 6, 2015September 7, 2015

This is the first major exhibition on Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) in more than 25 years and the first to explore important connections between Benton's art and the movies. After working briefly in the silent film industry, Benton became acutely aware of storytelling's shift toward motion pictures and developed a cinematic style of painting that melded European art historical traditions and modern movie production techniques. In paintings, murals, drawings, prints and illustrated books, Benton reinvented national narratives for 20th-century America and captivated the public with his visual storytelling.

Organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Forth Worth, Texas.

The exhibition was made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information regarding this event:

Contact: Peabody Museum Essex Phone: (978) 745-9500 Website: American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood
Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
United States
Javascript is required to view this map.