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  • Study used for City Activities with Subway

  • Study used for Changing West

  • Study of a boxer used for City Activities with Subway

  • Originally painted for The New School's boardroom, America Today was later converted to a classroom.

  • Benton's 1968 letter to The New School proposes mural restorations

  • In 1986 Equitable opens new company headquarters at 787 Seventh Avenue

  • Artwork locations in Equitable Center - America Today is number 8

  • Close-up of Palio by Sandro Chia in 787 restaurant

  • Art by Agnes Denes hangs by the elevators

  • From 1996 to 2012, the mural hangs in 1290 Avenue of the Americas

  • In 2012, the mural is carefully removed from the 1290 lobby

  • It is packed up and later donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • AXA logo in candles - AXA celebrates the opening of the America Today exhibition at the Met

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Image 1 Sketch of a Woman

Thomas Hart Benton, Peggy Reynolds, 1929. Pencil on Paper. Framed: 16 1/8 x 13 x 1 in. (40.9 x 33 x 2.5 cm). Collection of AXA.

Image 2 Sketch of a Cowboy

Thomas Hart Benton, Shorty Mcallister, The Irving Place Theatre, NY, 1928-30. Pencil on Paper. Framed: 16 1/8 x 13 x 1 in. (40.6 x 33 x 2.5 cm). Collection of AXA.

Image 3 Sketch of a Boxer

Thomas Hart Benton, Boxer, C. 1920’s. Pen, Ink & Sepia Wash On Paper. Framed: 27 ¼ x 23 3/8 x 1 1/8 in. (69.2 x 59.4 x 2.7 cm). Collection of AXA.

Image 4 Photo of Classroom

Image taken at The New School of the Benton mural room used as a classroom.

Image 5 Letterhead

Thomas Hart Benton's 1968 letter to New School president John Everett. New School Mural Collection, New School Archives & Special Collections, The New School, New York, NY.

Image 6 Building

Image from 787 building preview brochure, AXA archives.

Image 7 Map

Map of art hanging in 787 for 1986 building opening, AXA archives.

Image 8 Centaur in Painting

Sandro Chia, Palio, 1985-86, Acrylic on panel, 4 part mural, each panel 13’ x 20’, Collection of AXA.

Image 9 Earth on Ceiling

Agnes Denes, Hypersphere - The Earth in the Shape of the Universe, 1987, 144 panels of carved and frosted pink rosa glass in two layers, Collection of AXA.

Image 10 America Today in Lobby

Image of 3 Benton mural panels hanging in lobby of 1290 Avenue of the Americas.

Image 11 Deinstallation Inside

Image of deinstallation of Benton mural from 1290 Avenue of the Americas, AXA archives.

Image 12 Deinstallation Outside

Image of deinstallation of Benton mural from 1290 Avenue of the Americas, AXA archives.