John Steuart Curry: Weathering the Storm

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John Steuart Curry: Weathering the Storm

“Tornado Over Kansas” (1929) is an iconic image in United States pop culture, but few people know its creator, John Steuart Curry, whose paintings of picturesque landscapes, communal gatherings, and devastating natural disasters have defined the country’s perceptions of the American Midwest since the late 1920s.


Did you know? Of the three most highly respected artists of the Great Depression era in the US, John Steuart Curry was the youngest. Who were the other two?

Answer: The famed trio of regionalist painters were Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry. All three studied in Paris but devoted their lives to creating truly American art.


For the first time in a quarter century, Curry’s most exemplary masterpieces will be exhibited under one roof. The Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Michigan, is proud to present John Steuart Curry: Weathering the Storm, an exhibition of life, art, and the American Midwest.

The show highlights the art that visually defined the Midwest and tells the captivating story behind the work and life of John Steuart Curry. New research delves into Curry’s deeply personal, emotionally tragic inspiration and challenges the conventional history surrounding the artist’s life and career.

Iconic paintings such as the Muskegon Museum of Arts’s “Tornado Over Kansas” and, on loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art, “Baptism in Kansas” (1928), will be featured in the exhibition alongside other works by Curry from the Cincinnati Art Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, Sheldon Museum of Art, Syracuse University Art Museum, Kiechel Fine Art, and more.

Discover how a farm boy from Kansas became one of the most influential painters in the United States.

To learn more, visit muskegonartmuseum.org/curry.

Presented by Mike and Kay Olthoff, John Steuart Curry: Weathering the Storm is on view from May 23 through September 2 only at the Muskegon Museum of Art in West Michigan.


Did you know? Muskegon, Michigan, was instrumental in helping Chicago rebuild after the great fire in 1871. How did Muskegon help Chicago?

Answer: The Great Chicago Fire destroyed 17,500 buildings and 73 miles of street. Muskegon, Michigan supplied much of the lumber for the “Great Rebuilding” of Chicago.


Now known for its great art and world-famous beaches, Muskegon is a vibrant culture center and summer tourist destination along the shores of Lake Michigan. Don’t miss John Steuart Curry: Weathering the Storm and make plans to visit the exhibition this summer!

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