Exhibitions

The County Election by Bingham

Picturing Politics: Political Images by George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton

December 15, 2015 – August 27, 2016

Research Center-Columbia

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.

Benton drawing

In Sync with Thomas Hart Benton

January 8, 2016 – August 27, 2016

Research Center-Columbia

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 showcases 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 are on display.

B-Girls at Work by Ben Messick

Evolving Environments: The Landscape Architecture of Hare and Hare

July 14 – December 23, 2016

Research Center-Columbia

The father-and-son team of Sidney J. and S. Herbert Hare imagined cityscapes, parkland, and domestic landscapes that created "order, convenience, and beauty" in built environments from 1910 to 1960. A balance of sensitivity to the environment and the needs of individuals led their Kansas City-based landscape architecture firm, Hare and Hare, to become nationally recognized. Their strong reputation enabled the pair to leave a mark on more than 100 cities and states from Kansas City to Houston and Oklahoma to Washington.

This exhibition celebrates Hare and Hare's lasting impact through the original drawings, photographs, and plans for the parks, zoos, cemeteries, schools, and residential areas Missourians enjoy today, including Kansas City's Country Club District and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.