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"American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood" travels to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, opening February 6. The exhibit of Benton's work is the first to delve into how the vernacular of his paintings and the language of film (he began his career working in the silent film industry) were combined to reinvent distinctly un-European narratives.

-Thomas Hart Benton 11889-1975), Member of the Chorus, 1937, ink. ink wash, amt graphite on paper / V T. H. Benton and R. P. Benton Testamentary Trusts / UMB Bank Trustee / Licensed by VACA. New York, NY. Private collection, photo by tarry Ferguson Studio

In the early sixteenth century, Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés took note of the Aztecs' use of a red, especially in textiles, that was more brilliant than the red then used in Europe. The source was a tiny insect living on prickly pear cacti and called the cochineal. Soon much of the world was draped in cochineal red."The Red That Colored the World," originated by the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, travels to the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California, till February 21. …

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