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The Monumental Aesthetics of Modernism: Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today

Free with Museum admission

Join our current fellows in the galleries for in-person talks, readings, musical performances, and other activations of The Met galleries.

Adrienn csor, Leonard A. Lauder Fellow in Modern Art, Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art

This gallery talk will take a close look at Thomas Hart Benton's mural America Today and ask how artists across the United States mobilized the monumental aesthetics of modernism to produce images and stories of the nation in the 1930s. With a focus on the unique montage aesthetics of Benton’s mural, we'll explore the tension between the heroizing aesthetics of monumentalism and the grave economic, social, and political issues America faced throughout the Great Depression.

Free with Museum admission; registration is not required.

Join other fellows for in-person events on Friday, May 5, May 12, and May 19.

Don't miss the live, online research presentations at 10 am–12 pm and 1–3 pm on May 4, May 5, May 11, May 12, May 18, and May 19. These sessions take place on Zoom. Free, though advance registration is required. To register, go to the full Research Out Loud schedule.

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Assistive listening devices are provided in the gallery where the program begins.Assistive listening devices with headsets or neck loops are available from the Ticketing Center in the Great Hall. We encourage you to bring your own headphones. For other access accommodations, contact or 212-650-2010.

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