Students Rally To Remove Thomas Hart Benton Murals. University Defends The Work

“Like most great art, Benton’s murals require context and history,” said Lauren Robel, the school’s executive vice president and provost, in a statement, calling the works a national treasure. “Many well-meaning people, without having the opportunity to do that work, wrongly condemn the mural as racist simply because it depicts a racist organization and a hateful […]

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Mass. Attorney General Moves To Join Lawsuit Against Berkshire Museum

“The Attorney General’s Office filed an emergency motion late Wednesday to bolster – or perhaps salvage – its effort to halt art sales by the Berkshire Museum. The office acted after participating in a two-hour hearing … that appeared to leave that quest on life support, as plaintiffs’ attorneys struggled to convince the judge their […]

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Mass. Attorney General Asks Court To Delay Berkshire Museum’s Art Sale

“Just two days before a scheduled hearing on a suit brought by the three sons of Norman Rockwell …, the attorney general’s office has submitted a legal filing stating that it ‘has significant questions and concerns’ about the museum’s planned sell-off of 40 paintings on November 13 at Sotheby’s in New York. The filing calls […]

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Some Thomas Hart Benton Murals Have Been Removed From View At Indiana University. Does This Make Any Sense?

“In the controversial panel, Benton painted a reporter, a photographer and a printer into the foreground – an homage to the press of Indiana for breaking the power of the Klan. In the center, a white nurse tends both black and white children in City Hospital (now Wishard Hospital). The sinister figures of the Klan […]

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