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New School photograph collectionBuildings and campus (NS040101.SII) ➔ Class in the Benton Room of 66 West 12th Street of The New School

Photographic Material

Related person/organization

New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997) (commissioner)


1940 – 1960

Work Type

photographic prints


The photograph depicts a class in session in front of the Thomas Hart Benton murals. Benton painted a series of murals, America Today in 1930, to cover each wall of the Boardroom on the 3rd floor of the new building of The New School that was designed by Joseph Urban, and open to the public in 1931. The boardroom was later turned into a classroom. The murals were purchased by AXA (then Equitable Life) in 1984, and donated to the Metropolitan Museum in 2012, where they are on permanent view.


box 4, folder 11



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