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About the Exhibition

Joe Jones Image Gallery

To view a short excerpt from the film Joe Jones: Radical Painter of the American Scene, click here.

St. Louis-born artist Joe Jones (1909–1963) achieved national prominence in the 1930s for his depictions of both urban and rural aspects of the American Scene.

This exhibition investigates the ways in which Jones represented life in America. His work was driven by his commitment to grassroot causes and his identification with the working class. Paintings, mural studies, drawings, and prints by Jones from both public and private collections are included in the exhibition.

The exhibition focuses on the period during which Jones’s social and artistic experiences in St. Louis served as the foundation for his most vital work.

Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene was curated by Andrew Walker, assistant director for curatorial affairs and curator of American art, and Janeen Turk, senior curatorial assistant. This exhibition has been organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Admission to the exhibition includes an iPod audio tour. To view selections from the audio tour, click here.

Joe Jones, American, 1909–1963; Threshing (905 Mural), 1936; oil on canvas mounted on masonite; 38 1/4 x 145 1/2 inches; Haggerty Museum of Art,
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Packman and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Rothbarth;
© Heirs of Joe Jones

The accompanying catalogue,
Joe Jones: Radical Painter of the American Scene, edited by Andrew Walker, was published by the Saint Louis Art Museum, with a hard bound edition distributed through University of Washington Press.
Other Venues
Dixon Gallery and Gardens in
Memphis, Tenn.
January 23–April 17, 2011.

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