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AMERICAN ART

The American art collection features masterworks of paintings and sculpture from Colonial portraiture through the modernist and abstract art of the first half of the 20th century. Highlights of this collection include fine Hudson River School landscapes as well as the Election Series of Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham. These works offer insight into the ways Americans of earlier times saw themselves and understood their nation as well as the world beyond.

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Curator

Janeen Turk, Assistant Curator of American Art, began at the Saint Louis Art Museum as Collections Researcher in March 2003.

She most recently curated Restoring an American Treasure: Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley and oversaw the reinstallation of the Museum's American collection. She served as co-curator of the exhibitions George Caleb Bingham: The Making of "The County Election" and Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene. She is a contributing author to Joe Jones: Radical Painter of the American Scene. Janeen received her MA in art history from Northwestern University.

Currently Janeen is working on Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River, an exhibition the Saint Louis Art Museum is co-organizing with the Amon-Carter Museum of American Art.

Related Exhibitions

Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River
Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life
Scenic Wonder: The Hudson River Portfolio

Related Programs

The History of Bingham's Rivers
Gallery Talk. Meet at the Information Center. Free.
Thursday, April 9, 11:00 am
Friday, April 10, 6:00 pm

Join Melissa Wolfe, curator of American Art, and Doug Ladd, Director of Conservation, Nature Conservancy Missouri, for a lively and informative discussion on the History of Bingham's Rivers.

Race, Gender, and Class in Bingham's Election Series
Gallery Talk. Meet at the Information Center. Free.
Thursday, April 16, 11:00 am
Friday, April 17, 6:00 pm

Join Joan Stack, Curator of Art Collections, The State Historical Society of Missouri, for a lively and informative discussion on race, gender, and class in Bingham's Election Series.

Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life
Gallery Talk. Meet at the Information Center. Free.
Thursday, May 21, 11:00 am
Friday, May 22, 6:00 pm

Join Katherine B. Harnish, doctoral candidate, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis, for a lively and informative discussion on Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life.


Learning Resources

Art of America
George Caleb Bingham: The Making of The County Election
The American art collection features masterworks of paintings and sculpture from Colonial portraiture through the modernist and abstract art of the first half of the 20th century. Highlights of this collection include fine Hudson River School landscapes as well as the Election Series of Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham. These works offer insight into the ways Americans of earlier times saw themselves and understood their nation as well as the world beyond.

View our American Collection

Curator

Janeen Turk began at the Saint Louis Art Museum as Collections Researcher in March 2003.

She most recently curated Restoring an American Treasure: Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley and oversaw the reinstallation of the Museum's American collection. She served as co-curator of the exhibitions George Caleb Bingham: The Making of "The County Election"and Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene.She is a contributing author to Joe Jones: Radical Painter of the American Scene. Janeen received her MA in art history from Northwestern University.

Currently Janeen is assisting on Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River, an exhibition the Saint Louis Art Museum is co-organizing with the Amon-Carter Museum of American Art.


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Related Programs

The City in American Art
Gallery Talk. Meet at the Information Center. Free.
Thursday, October 24, 11:00 am
Friday, August 25, 6:00 pm

Join Angela Miller, Professor of art History and Archaeology, Washington Universtiy in St. Louis, for a lively and informative discussion.