Thomas Hart Benton Drawings Examined at Kansas City Public Library

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For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2009
Contact: Paul Smith
816.701.3668
Thomas Hart Benton Drawings Examined at Kansas City Public Library

The Kansas City Public Library welcomes Joan Stack for an illustrated presentation that examines The Drawings of Thomas Hart Benton on Sunday, February 15, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

A renowned Kansas City artist, Benton produced drawings that ranged from detailed nature studies to spontaneous gestural sketches. Stack will discuss Benton’s diverse approaches to drawing, with particular emphasis on the study of an oak tree depicted in the painting Persephone and in an illustration for Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Stack is curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, home of one of the most extensive public collections of Thomas Hart Benton artwork.

This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.