America’s Midwest came here to spring Thomas Hart Benton mill Indiana as part of a , mile journey across the state the trip was the beginning of what he called a dream fulfilled he traveled to historical sites and natural sites met hundreds of everyday Hoosiers and recorded
It all with pencil and pen he drew sketches that would form the basis of a set of mural paintings portraying Indiana’s social and industrial history paintings that he hoped would form the longest continually unbroken mural cycle in the history of painting while the one critic of the time said the murals should offend the sensibilities of every Hoosier today there is no doubt as to their places in Indiana treasure and a national treasure we’re going to examine the history of this great work from its creation in depression-era.
America of the s to the present day it’s the story of a true American artist it’s a story of Indiana history it’s a story of controversy both artistic and political it’s a story of teamwork in the preservation of the murals for future generations to explore.
It’s the story of Indiana University’s stewardship of this great work of art they are the Indiana murals of Thomas Hart Benton the story of the Indiana murals begins here Chicago Illinois already in its first years this bustling metropolis has grown to become one of America’s most important cities Chicago decided to celebrate their century of progress wonderful things.
The future might hold with a great exhibition and #wikipedia to top it off they invited the world to the World’s Fair while it might have seemed like good times for all at the World’s Fair America was struggling with one of the greatest crisis in its history.
The Indiana murals are as much a product of the time they were painted as of the artists who painted them the United States in was at the bottom of what was the worst depression in the history of this country it was a dreadful time a time of massive unemployment a time