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Joe Jones, American, 1909–1963; St. Louis Riverfront, c.1932; oil on paperboard;
23 x 48 inches; Collection of Renée and Lloyd Greif; © Heirs of Joe Jones

Programs

Lectures

Monday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Joe Jones: Regionalism against Myth
Andrew Hemingway, Professor Emeritus in History of Art, University College London

This program takes place in the E. Desmond Lee Auditorium at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.
Details

Regionalist painting of the 1930s is usually associated with backward-looking mythical imagery of the Midwest. Although he is associated with the Regionalist label, Joe Jones sought to produce a more actualized and realistic image of life and labor that may be understood as counter-Regionalism. Join Andrew Hemingway, author of Artists on the Left: American Artists and the Communist Movement, 1926–1956, as he discusses the rival claims and methods of the two movements.

Tuesday, November 9, 7:00 pm
Paintings that FIGHT!
M. Melissa Wolfe, Curator of American Art, Columbus Museum of Art

This program takes place at Mark C. Steinberg Hall at Washington University in St. Louis.
Details

Joe Jones was an exemplary revolutionary artist of the Great Depression. His paintings did not merely record; they implored. This lecture will explore how, exactly, Jones's paintings acted as visual imperatives to fight—and change—the era's profound issues of labor inequality, racial violence, and class antagonism, and how his experiences with leftist and Communist activities in St. Louis shaped the message of his paintings.

Gallery Talks
Join us in the galleries each week for lively and informative discussions. Space may be limited in smaller galleries; please arrive early.

Thursday, October 28, 11:00 am
Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene
Andrew Walker, Curator of American Art
Sculpture Hall. Free.

Friday, October 29, 6:00 pm
Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene
Andrew Walker, Curator of American Art
Sculpture Hall. Free.

Thursday, December 9, 11:00 am
Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene

Janeen Turk, Senior Curatorial Assistant
Sculpture Hall. Free.

Friday, December 10, 6:00 pm
Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene
Janeen Turk, Senior Curatorial Assistant
Sculpture Hall. Free.

Art After 5
This adventurous music series takes its cue from the amazing diversity of art in the Museum's collection. Join us for free music and art at the Museum.

Friday, October 22, 7:00 pm
The Sanctified Grumblers
Grigg Gallery. Free.
Details

The Sanctified Grumblers features Rick "Cookin" Sherry and Eric "Leadfoot" Noden, playing everything from the harmonica to the washboard and the kazoo to the banjo. This Chicago-based trio will get your toes tapping to sounds inspired by the featured exhibition Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene.

Films

Saturday, October 30, 11:00 am
Saturday, November 6, 11:00 am

Joe Jones and His Times on Film
Details

St. Louis artist Joe Jones is the subject of a new documentary produced by the Saint Louis Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene. The documentary examines the artist's life, his work, and the Depression-era years that shaped his career. This film will be screened with another short documentary, The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936). One of the key American documentaries of the 1930s, The Plow That Broke the Plains tells a 50-year history of the Great Plains from "ocean of grass" to "dust bowl." Angela Miller, Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis, will introduce the films.

Family Sundays
You're invited to the Museum every Sunday afternoon for hands-on art activities and a lively 30-minute family tour through the galleries. Each month's activities focus on a different, family-friendly theme. Family Tour leaves at 2:30 pm.

November
Hard Times
Details

Life was tough for many families living in America during the Great Depression. Artists showed these hard times in paintings, prints, and photographs. This month, we'll look at art made during the 1930s and create pictures inspired by the people and places we see. On Sunday, November 28, we'll be joined by a guitarist singing the blues.

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