Chautauqua – Thomas Hart Benton

The Artist in America
an evening with painter
Thomas Hart Benton

November 14th at 7pm
general tickets $10; Students $5

Thomas Hart Benton was arguably the most influential and important artist in America between 1920 to 1960.  Yet his career really spans from 1910 to 1975 when he was at the center of all art and seemingly every controversy (often he started those controversies).  He was influential by his own work popularizing nudes in the 1930s, gigantic murals for Missouri and Indiana (14 feet high and 220 feet long), and founding the Regionalist movement with Grant Wood and John Stuart Curry.  He also influenced countless younger artists especially his protegee and near second son the talented and tormented Jackson Pollock!

Tom will take us on a tour of art in the 20th century from modern to regionalism to drip to pop art, and offer his scathing critiques and general reflections about life in America and what it means to be a true American painter and a true American individual!

An Evening With Theodore Roosevelt, October 17th @ 7:00 pm

RAT Chautauqua: Theodore Roosevelt

An intimate unique theatrical experience!

Come meet and ask questions of one of the most amazing and dynamic individuals America has ever produced. A truly remarkable and unique man, TR was an explorer, soldier, politician, hunter, cowboy, intellectual, writer, and naturalist–often simultaneously.

TR is the only human to be awarded both the Noble Peace Prize and the Medal of Honor; “speak softly but carry a big stick”.

With an energy that exhausted everyone around him he took on politicians, plutocrats, and even other nations; anyone he felt hindered America’s greatness.

One man claimed that TR was “a many sided man and each is powered by an electric battery of unending power” another critic stated bluntly, “he possesses a primal quality that medieval theology assigned to God!”

This will be an amazing experience to talk with TR in RAT’s beautiful intimate theater. This should not be missed!

October 17th @ 7:00 pm

Tickets (limited so order soon!!)