AXA donated America Today  to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2012, upholding our promise to honor the legacy of this celebrated work. Today, we encourage scholars and art enthusiasts of all ages to view the mural in its new home at one of the world’s foremost cultural institutions, where it will be protected, studied and enjoyed by millions of people in perpetuity.

[Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975), Instruments of Power from America Today, 1930–31. Mural cycle consisting of ten panels. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of AXA Equitable, 2012.]

America Today documentary

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Learn about Benton mural's commission and the purchase, restoration, and donation to The Met

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Rare cinnabar lacquer dish, Ming Dynasty, © AXA ART. Photo by Wolfgang von Brauchitsch.

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Timeline of Benton's America Today

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