Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thomas Hart Benton and the New York Subway in 1930

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has a terrific new installation of a Thomas Hart Benton mural, painted in 1930, called “America Today.”  If you’re a Benton fan (and I am), it’s terrific stuff.  Among the images of a nation in transition is this great “snapshot” of passengers on the subway in New York.  (We took the subway to the Met….and encountered an apparently mentally ill person in our car.  Wonder what they did with those folks in 1930?)

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