Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Benton, Thomas Hart

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Clippings

St. Louis Star-Times article about the 1936 investigation into election fraud, including a sketch of Pendergast by Thomas Hart Benton. The article reports Pendergast "said today that he had been investigated so often that 'one more doesn't bother me much.'" He argued that he had no idea of any election fraud.

Object Type: 
Essays

Statement signed "A BUM ART CRITIC" (later found to be written by Homer B. Mann) analyzing the negative representation of Kansas City contained in a Thomas Hart Benton mural in the State House rotunda.

Author: 
Mary Frances Ivey
University of Kansas

Thomas Hart Benton, one of the leaders of the Regionalist movement in American art, was a prolific painter, muralist, draughtsman, and sculptor from childhood until the end of his life in 1975. Today he is best known for his realist depictions of American life, which, in his own time, were perceived as directly opposed to modernist movements cultivated in Europe. His paintings, largely vignettes of daily life and ordinary rural characters, were simultaneously praised for their frankness and criticized for their gritty representations of American culture and history.