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Soul Food Supper

The American regionalist Thomas Hart Benton painted Cotton Pickers based on notes of a trip he made to Georgia in the late 1920s. He depicted the dignity of the cotton pickers in the face of backbreaking labor and intense summer heat, rendering the dry fields and the working bodies in a sinuous, curvilinear style. 238 more words

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Music of New Orleans and the Caribbean

The Wall Street Journal’s Will Friedwald highlights the jazz scene in Rose Hall, a tribute to Thomas Hart Benton, Elio Villafranca’s ‘Cinqué—Music of the Caribbean’ and more.  322 more words



Some years ago, my wife and I were taking our high-school-age son on a tour of West Coast colleges where he might want to apply if he did not stay in the East. 2,446 more words

African American History Month – reflection 4

In celebration of African American History Month, I think of those who shaped me, planting, with the witness of their lives, the seeds of love and justice within the soil of my soul. 395 more words

African American History Month

An Artist in America - Thomas Hart Benton

Thomas Hart Benton has a rich history and added much to the collection of Regionalism in American art. Born in a well-to-do family in Neosho, Missouri in 1889, Benton’s father pushed his son to follow in his own steps to become a lawyer.   793 more words


Mural Artist Still Painting at 98

I do like stories about people who love their work so much that they never want to stop.

Perhaps it helps to have a talent like muralist Eric Bransby, who got to study with one of my favorite artists, Thomas Hart Benton. 287 more words

Missouri's Western Identity During the Nineteenth Century

The recent and ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri, since the August death of Michael Brown have sparked a national (and international) interest in learning more about political, social, cultural, and economic conditions in Missouri. 1,513 more words