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Year of Peril

Benton's Perilous Visions

August 11, 2018 – Spring 2019

Main Gallery, Columbia Research Center

After the United States entered World War II, Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton responded to the national crisis by working through his thoughts and emotions on canvas. Executed between 1941 and 1944, the works in the Benton's Perilous Visions exhibition manifest the anxiety, horror, grief, and resolve that Benton and his audience experienced during the war. Visit the Columbia center now to explore ten of Benton's paintings and their allegorical images, visions of events that came to fruition, and expression of fears that thankfully were never realized on US soil. Eight of these famous paintings illustrated the widely circulated Year of Peril propaganda booklet, published by Abbott Laboratories and the US government in 1942.

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Monumental Figure

The Aesthetic of the Monumental Figure

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Main Gallery, Columbia Research Center

Throughout the history of Western art, painters have signaled the importance of human figures by representing them on a large scale. Such figures may be contemporary, historical, allegorical, or religious. Traditionally a “monumental figure” is half-life-size or larger. This exhibition includes seven pictures with such figures.

The selection includes commissioned portraits, anonymous nudes, imaginary figures, and images of everyday people. Audiences may see personal, political, psychological, and social meanings in these images, and these messages are amplified by each pictures monumentality.

Toasting book cover from Lemp Brewing Company

"Ein Prosit!" (A Toast) to St. Louis Brewery Workers circa 1900

July 15, 2016 – November 21, 2018

Stairwell Gallery, Research Center-St. Louis

The large numbers of Germans that immigrated to St. Louis in the nineteenth century led to a flourishing brewing industry. The legacy of Lemp, Anheuser-Busch, and scores of smaller breweries ensure that the region's history is intertwined with that of local beer production. To explore this relationship, visit the "Ein Prosit!" exhibit in the Stairwell Gallery of the Research Center–St. Louis.

The show highlights photographs of brewery workers and artifacts from the Henry Tobias Brewers and Maltsters Union No. 6 Collection (S0615) and Mit Feder und Hammer! (With Feather and Hammer): The German Experience in St. Louis Records (S0941).

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