UHP 189 -- Visual World

This class guide supports research for Beach Museum topics and UHP 189 focusing on the Visual World.

Library Research Guide


John Steuart Curry Bibliography

Available on cart in Beach Museum of Art Library (works checked out from Hale indicated by an asterisk * )

*Baigell, Matthew. The American Scene: American Paintings of the 1930s. New York: Praeger Publishing, 1974.

Benton, Thomas Hart. An American in Art: A Professional and Technical Autobiography. Lawrence: University of Kansas, 1969.

Cohen, Stan. John Brown: “The Thundering Voice of Jehovah,” A Pictorial Heritage. Missoulia, Mont.: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., 1999.

*Craven, Thomas. A Treasury of Art Masterpieces, from the Renaissance to the Present Day. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1939.

Czestochowski, Joseph S. John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood: A Portrait of Rural America. ‪Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, with the Cedar Rapids Art Association, 1981. (2 copies)

*Dennis, James M. Grant Wood: A Study in American Art and Culture. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1986.

*Dennis, James M. Renegade Regionalists: The Modern Independence of Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998.

Eldredge, Charles C. John Steuart Curry’s Hoover and the Flood: Painting Modern History. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2007. (3 copies)

*Gambone, Robert L. Art and Popular Religion in Evangelical America, 1915-1940. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1989.

Guedon, Mary Scholz. Regionalist Art: Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood—A Guide to the Literature. Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press, 

Heller, Nancy and Julia Williams. The Regionalists. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1976.

*Jensen, Merrill, ed. Regionalism in America. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1951.

*Jewell, Edward Alden. Have We an American Art? New York: Longmans, Green, and Company, 1939.

John Steuart Curry. Kansas Magazine 2, no. 4 (fall 1970): entire volume. (2 copies, one as reprint for 1970 exhibition at Kansas State Capitol)

Junker, Patricia A. John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West. New York: Hudson Hills Press, in association with the Elvehjem Museum of Art, 1998. (2 copies)

Kendall, M. Sue. Rethinking Regionalism: John Steuart Curry and the Kansas Mural Controversy. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1986.

North, Bill. John Steuart Curry: Between Fear and Faith. Logan, Kans.: Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum in cooperation with Kiechel Fine Art, 2012.

*Schmeckebier, Laurence E. John Steuart Curry's Pageant of America. New York: American Artists Group, 1943. (BMA copy also)

Illustrated Books

Benet, Stephen Vincent. John Brown’s Body: A Poem. New York: Heritage Press, 1948. (2 copies)

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Prairie. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1940. (2 copies, one without frontispiece)

Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York: Heritage Press, 1944.

Derleth, August. The Wisconsin: River of a Thousand Isles. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1942.

*Emerson, Ralph Waldo. The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson. New York: Illustrated Modern Library, 1944. (BMA copy also)

Lincoln, Abraham, and Carl Van Doren. Literary Works of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Heritage Press, 1942. (2 copies)

O’Hara, Mary. My Friend Flicka. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1941.

———. Thunderhead. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1943.

Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Mount Vernon, NY: Peter Pauper Press, 1943.

Available as pdf in the ART608 K-State Online space

Alloway, Lawrence. "The Recovery of Regionalism: John Steuart Curry." Art in America 64 (July-August 1976): 70-73.

*Cole, Sylvan. The Lithographs of John Steuart Curry: A Catalogue Raisonné. New York: Associated American Artists, 1976. (Later Czestochowski survey of Curry prints is best reference.)

Cole, Sylvan. “Two Lithographs by John Steuart Curry” in Clinton Adams, ed., Tamarind Papers Vol. 16. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996: 93-96.

Coppel, Stephen. “John Steuart Curry’s lithograph John Brown.” Burlington Magazine 150 (July 2008): 471.

Czestochowski, Joseph S. "John Steuart Curry's Lithographs: A Portrait of Rural America." American Art Journal 9, no. 2 (November 1977): 68-82.

*Doss, Erika. Benton, Pollock, and the Politics of Modernism: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.

Duncan, Michael. “Heretics of the Heartland.” Art in America 94, no. 2 (February 2006): 98-142.

Eldredge, Charles C. “Barnyard Ballet: John Steuart Curry and the Dance” Archives of American Art Journal 36, no. 1 (1996): 2-10.

Goldstein, Rosalie, Gerald Nordland, and Nancy Ekholm Burkert. Leaders in Wisconsin Art, 1936-1981: John Steuart Curry, Aaron Bohrod, John Wilde. Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1982.

Henry, Amanda. "Model for the Working Man." Wisconsin State Journal, 4 March 2002.

Holzhueter, John O. "John Steuart Curry: A Populist Artist from Kansas Embraces Progressivism." Wisconsin Magazine of History 84, no. 1 (2000): 114-19.

Jaffe, Irma. “Religious Content in the Painting of John Steuart Curry.” Winterthur Portfolio 22 (Spring 1987): 23-45.

Janson, H.W. "Benton and Wood: Champions of Regionalism." The Magazine of Art 39, no. 5 (May 1946): 184-86, 98-200.

Jewell, Edward Alden. "Kansas Has Found Her Homer." The New York Times, 7 December 1930.

John Steuart Curry. Kansas Magazine 2, no. 4 (fall 1970): entire volume.

Jost, Lora, and Dave Loewenstein. Kansas Murals: A Traveler’s Guide. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2006.

Lambert, Don. “Curry of Kansas: A Tribute to John Steuart Curry.” Brochure, 1998.

Lambert, Don. “Person to Person: My Experience with John Steuart Curry and His Widow.” American Artist 68, no. 742 (May 2004): 30-39.

*Marling, Karal Ann. Wall-to-Wall America: A Cultural History of Post-Office Murals in the Great Depression. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1982.

Mayer, Lance, and Gay Myers. “Old Master Recipes in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s: Curry, Marsh, Doerner, and Maroger.” Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 41 (2002): 21-42.

Prairie Visions and Circus Wonders: The Complete Lithographic Suite. Davenport, IA: Davenport Art Gallery, 1980.

Rubin, Morris H. "Impatient to Feel Spring and the State's Soil, Curry Comes to Campus." Madison Wisconsin State Journal, 4 December 1936.

Schmeckebier, Laurence E. "John Steuart Curry: A Retrospective Exhibition." College Art Journal 17, no. 1 (Autumn 1957): 55-58.

"The Poster Front." Art News 41, no. 10 (October 1-14, 1942): 30.

Trout, Steven. On the Battlefield of Memory: The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919-1941. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2010.

Wolff, Theodore F. The Many Masks of Modern Art. Boston: Books from the Christian Science Monitor, 1989.

Seaton personal library

Dijkstra, Bram. American Expressionism: Art and Social Change, 1920-1950. New York: H.N. Abrams, in association with the Columbus Museum of Art, 2003.

Whiting, Cecile. Antifascism in American Art. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.