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New School photograph collectionClass sessions (NS040101.SIII) ➔ Students Listening to Jazz in the Benton Room in Marshall Stearns's Class at The New School

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New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997) (commissioner)
Thomas Hart Benton (artist)
Marshall Winslow Stearns (subject)


December 1955

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photographic prints


Students are depicted in what may be Marshall Stearns's "The Role of Jazz in American Culture" course seated in a room in 66 West 12th Street featuring the America Today murals by Thomas Hart Benton. Benton painted a series of murals, America Today, in 1930 to cover each wall of the boardroom on the third 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.


Marshall Stearns - jazz course - Dec '55

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New School Institutional Collections


box 6, folder 9



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