05 Mar

April 28: Friends Trip: American Epics

American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood

Art inSight day trip benefitting Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum

BentonJoin art historian Karen Pope for a day trip to Fort Worth to view and discuss the first major exhibition in more than twenty-five years to feature the life and works of the renowned American painter Thomas Hart Benton (1889 – 1975). Entitled “American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood,” this exhibit, on view at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, explores the previously overlooked relationship between Benton’s art and movie making. Benton’s awareness that movies were the best and most popular means of telling American tales inspired a signature artistic style that melded centuries-old traditions with movie-production techniques to create images that appealed to a broad range of Americans.

The exhibition brings together nearly 100 works by Benton, including more than thirty of his paintings and murals, as well as a selection of his drawings, prints, and illustrated books in juxtaposition with scenes from some of Hollywood’s greatest films. In these works, Benton reinvented national narratives for 20th-century America and captivated the public with his visual storytelling. The Peabody Essex Museum organized this exhibition in collaboration with the Amon Carter Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Also on our itinerary:

During the remainder of our day in Fort Worth, we will visit the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and have a western lunch at Reata, Sundance Square, and time to visit either the Kimbell Art Museum or the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. We will return to Austin in the later afternoon with discussion and refreshments en route.

Ticket Pricing and How to Register

Your registration includes chartered coach transportation, museum admissions, lunch, snacks, and readings. Register by sending a check for $100 per person to:sponsor1b

Karen Pope
Art inSight
PO Box 5730
Austin, TX 78763-5730

Full schedule and departure details will be sent to all registrants. You may give your place to a friend; refunds unlikely less than 10 days before the trip. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum.

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