benton4_revToday, we remember Thomas Hart Benton on the 125th Anniversary of his birthday. Benton was one of the 20th century's greatest artists with an unmistakable style in the way he captured American history through art. Born in Neosho, Missouri, Benton was a resident of Kansas City, Missouri from 1935-1975. Many upcoming area events honor Thomas Hart Benton. You can even tour the home he shared with his wife, Rita at 3616 Belleview Avenue in Kansas City. 

Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

April 27, 2pm

  • KCAI’s student-led GRUPPO performs a musical-theater work celebrating Benton’s life, art and music at his historic home courtyard

November 26-December 31

  • Benton-designed, family Christmas cards are on display at his home

The Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall

February 22-June 8

Tuesday, April 29. Reception at 5:30pm, Presentation at 6:30pm

  • Community Curator- Speaker: Steve Sitton, Admin., T.H. Benton Home

Kansas City Art Institute

April 1-30

  • Jannes Library and Learning Center, Benton Books & Photos Display

National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

April 19-Oct 12

  • Razzle Dazzle- Display telling the impact of Benton’s U.S. Naval experience in 1918 (as a camoufleur and draftsman) and how this influenced hid development as an artist.

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

May 21-November 16

  • Benton in Black and White- Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton- View a new exhibition of prints, enjoy old favorites from the museum’s permanent collection of Benton’s art, and visit the library for Benton-related book display.

The Mattie-Rhodes Gallery

May 2 (First Friday) August 8

  • A display showing the influence of the Mexican Social Realist School on Benton’s art and murals.


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