November 6, 2015–January 24, 2016
The State Historical Society of Missouri is partnering with Southeast Missouri State University's Crisp Museum to offer the Thomas Hart Benton’s American Mythologies exhibition free of charge in southeast Missouri. The show explores the popular history of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Midwest and West in this display of Benton’s vast landscapes, scenes of mighty rivers, and bigger-than-life characters whose legends remain in the American psyche. Take in the exhibition at the Crisp Museum, 518 S. Fountain Street, Cape Girardeau.
December 1, 2015–May 2016
Extraordinary images of ordinary Americans from the Depression and World War II era will be celebrated in the forthcoming exhibition Vernacular America in the 1930s and 1940s: The Art of Ben Messick and Fred Shane at the Research Center–Columbia. Messick's interest in the profundity of everyday life had its roots in his humble beginnings in Strafford, Missouri, where he lived until he joined the armed forces in World War II. He found a kindred spirit in artist and educator Fred Shane, who was born in Kansas City and taught in Columbia at the University of Missouri. Shane used his wit and a keen observational eye to create works featuring townsfolk in Columbia and small Missouri communities.
December 15, 2015–June 2016
Missouri artists George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton had politics in their blood. Bingham was an active Whig who served in the Missouri state legislature, while Benton, named after one of Missouri's first senators, was the son of a Missouri congressman. Both men drew artistic inspiration from Missouri politics, creating images that contained political messages and commentaries on contemporary issues. Picturing Politics marks the return of Bingham's Watching the Cargo to Columbia from a national tour, as well as the engravings and lithographs of Bingham's Election series and political lithographs by Benton such as Mr. President, a portrait of Harry Truman.
January 8, 2016–June 2016
In association with the "We Always Swing®" Jazz Series "A Musical Tribute to Thomas Hart Benton," the State Historical Society presents the mini-exhibition In Sync with Thomas Hart Benton, which will showcase several of Benton's artworks that relate to music. Drawings and lithographs depicting musicians and a handwritten example of Benton's own system of notations for the harmonica will be on display.
For further details on the three-day event February 2–4 in Columbia, please see SHSMO events page. The celebration is sponsored in part by the Missouri Humanities Council, Missouri Arts Council, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the City of Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs, as well as local businesses and individuals.
January 8, 2016–June 2016
The State Historical Society of Missouri's art collection has become the nation's most significant Missouri-related collection. SHSMO artworks are often requested to help share the story of Missouri and its role opening the West. Missouri's history has been shown in galleries from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, allowing new and larger audiences to view significant works within the collection.
Currently, the State Historical Society of Missouri is a part of these exhibitions.