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Year of Peril

Benton's Perilous Visions

August 11, 2018 – Spring 2019

Main Gallery, Columbia Research Center

After the United States entered World War II, Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton responded to the national crisis by working through his thoughts and emotions on canvas. Executed between 1941 and 1944, the works in the Benton's Perilous Visions exhibition manifest the anxiety, horror, grief, and resolve that Benton and his audience experienced during the war. Visit the Columbia center now to explore ten of Benton's paintings and their allegorical images, visions of events that came to fruition, and expression of fears that thankfully were never realized on US soil. Eight of these famous paintings illustrated the widely circulated Year of Peril propaganda booklet, published by Abbott Laboratories and the US government in 1942.

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Missouri Courthouse

Missouri County Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square Revisited

January 23, 2018 - September 2018

Corridor Gallery, Columbia Research Center

Built environments reflect local values. The courthouses of Missouri in the new exhibition, Missouri County Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square Revisited, are visual testaments to this fact. Often the most prominent buildings in their communities, their architecture serves both practical and symbolic functions. Monumental clock towers manifest citizens' commitments to collective order, while classical design elements add gravitas to buildings, calling to mind the architecture of ancient Greece, the cradle of democracy.

In collaboration with the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, the State Historical Society of Missouri is pleased to present 35 of the original photographs taken by Dennis Weiser for the 2007 book Missouri County Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square. New didactic labels provide updated information about the architects and buildings. By studying these beautiful and significant structures, one can better understand the rich history and culture of Missouri. The exhibition will run through September 2018.

Toasting book cover from Lemp Brewing Company

"Ein Prosit!" (A Toast) to St. Louis Brewery Workers circa 1900

July 15, 2016 – November 21, 2018

Stairwell Gallery, Research Center-St. Louis

The large numbers of Germans that immigrated to St. Louis in the nineteenth century led to a flourishing brewing industry. The legacy of Lemp, Anheuser-Busch, and scores of smaller breweries ensure that the region's history is intertwined with that of local beer production. To explore this relationship, visit the "Ein Prosit!" exhibit in the Stairwell Gallery of the Research Center–St. Louis.

The show highlights photographs of brewery workers and artifacts from the Henry Tobias Brewers and Maltsters Union No. 6 Collection (S0615) and Mit Feder und Hammer! (With Feather and Hammer): The German Experience in St. Louis Records (S0941).

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