In the 1950s and 1960s, two of the most famous residents of western Missouri were the artist Thomas Hart Benton and the former President Harry Truman. They followed separate careers, but their paths crossed when they collaborated on Benton’s mural “Independence and the Opening of the West” at the Truman Library. The project brought the two men together and they discovered that they shared many common interests and enjoyed each other’s company. Fueled by an occasional bourbon and branch water, their conversations ranged from history and politics to art and literature, mixed liberally with a great many tall tales. This exhibit examines the two men, their works (of art and politics) and the project – the Truman Library mural- that brought them together. The show features a number of Benton’s paintings and drawings, as well as memorabilia associated with former President Truman’s interest in the history of the trails and the American West. Also included are examples of the correspondence carried on between the two men, as well as their own private notes conveying their impressions of each other.
Harry S. Truman Library, 500 W. U. S. 24 Highway
March 8–October 14
Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m. to5:00 p.m.; Sun noon to 5:00 p.m.; Thr (May-Aug) 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Included with paid museum admission, $8 adults, $7 srs, $3 ages 6-15.
(816)- 268-8200 or (800) 833-1225, www.trumanlibrary.org