Trailer of George Caleb Binghman Documentary

(Frank) Back again, well; I’m going to really be quiet now because she’s got a whole bunch to say about a story coming up. (Deb) That’s right, I got a whole lot to say. (Frank) Okay, I’m going to take a nap. (Deb): George Caleb Bingham — but you’re going to be riveted by this Frank — George Caleb Bingham, of course the famous artist, regional artist, painted scenes along the Missouri River, just an incredibly talented man. His most famous painting though is probably Order No. 11, about the Jayhawkers, the federal forces putting people in Missouri off their land following Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence. That painting made him very famous; it made Thomas Ewing infamous, just a lot of repercussions from that painting. Well, our friends at Wide Awake Films in Kansas City have done a mind blowing documentary on the life of George Caleb Bingham, and we are going to share the trailer with you in hopes that you can attend one of the screenings that is coming up. On October 15th there’s a screening at Arrow Rock State Park in Missouri, if you’ve never been to Arrow Rock, I can’t recommend it highly enough, beautiful preserved village, and then October 27th at the Nelson Atkins Art Gallery. So two great opportunities to see it. You can order the DVD or the Blue Ray now. Wide Awake, they won umpteen Emmy’s, they must have a room just to hold their Emmy’s because they won so many. It’s a fine documentary and if you’re wondering what all that has to do with Kansas, of course, Kansas had an awful lot to do with Order No. 11 and the Missouri-Kansas Border War, so Kansas plays a huge role in this story. You’re going to be blown away by this trailer and then by the film itself. (Frank) Let’s see it. (Narrator) It was supposedly found in an antique shop. It wasn’t even signed. (Elizabeth Kornhauser) He spotted it in the window and he recognized it as a great iconic masterpiece. (Narrator) A masterpiece with the humblest of origins. He learned his trade from traveling painters. He wandered the country painting elites and commoners, and anyone who could pay with gold or silver. But he made his name painting the river. (Joan Stack) He helps us to understand who we are as a nation and how we came to think of ourselves as Americans. (Stephanie Fox Knappe) He constructed an American identity out of that stuff of the frontier that had resonance on a national scale. (Narrator) He ran for office and voiced his opinions on canvas. He filled those paintings with his friends, and neighbors, and enemies. There were more than a few of those. Many more after he dared speak out in a time when men were jailed, or shot, if they stood on the wrong side of the debate. (Debra Goodrich Bisel) It’s like this thirst for revenge overrides everything. (Narrator) And it cost him money, jobs, prestige. What kind of man was he? (Debra) He’s a westerner. (Elizabeth) Highly ambitious, one of the very first American artists to make a national reputation. (Joan) He helps us to see where we’ve been and perhaps where we might go in the future.

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