All posts tagged American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood

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Patron stories

I am a listener of stories. All the wonderful people I meet in my work at PEM have amazing stories about what art means to them, how creativity plays a …

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Discovering Denys Wortman

Last summer, not too long after the June 2015 of American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood, I was sitting at my desk when the phone rang. To my utter …

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Gratitude for editors

My first experience with a real-life New England editor came in the summer of 1989 when I got an internship working as a reporter at a small daily newspaper in …

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Benton painting Native Americans

The following is a condensed and edited conversation that took place inside the galleries of PEM’s American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood exhibition Thursday, August 6 with PEM’s Curator …

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Learning as a PEM Guide

I’m a research guide for PEM. While I don’t have specific art history or a fine arts background, I do like visiting museums and have really enjoyed researching a bibliography …

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Benton in 3-D

We like to tell stories at PEM. We tell stories about art and the people that make it. We tell stories about the works in exhibitions and how they relate …

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When exhibitions collide

The building of an exhibition is by nature a rich and immersive, labor-intensive, lengthy endeavor. As is often the case with any creative process, the element of serendipity may come …

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PEMcast 005: Epic American

(Download a pdf transcript) In this episode of the PEMcast, we examine the life of one of America’s most famous 20th century artists, who you may not have even heard …

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Father figure

I was born in 1939,when my father was 50 years old. That year John Ford’s movie Stagecoach opened at the fabulous Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles. I know my father …