Landing After Hours: The Capitol Lunettes, Oscar E. Berninghaus and the Taos Society of Artists

10/5/2022 | Missouri State Museum | Jefferson City, MO

The original Capitol Decoration Commission planned to use artwork to educate people about the resources and history of the state of Missouri. The lunette murals decorating the second floor are among the most direct representations of this goal. Oscar Berninghaus, a St. Louis native, and his colleagues of the Taos Society of Artists created many of the original lunettes. The commission chose the Taos artists due to their expertise in depicting American landscapes and scenes of Indigenous cultures, two subjects that would feature prominently in the lunette murals. Join Dr. Sarah S. Jones, art historian for the Missouri State Museum, to explore the history of the Taos Society of Artists and its contribution to the art of the Missouri Capitol.

The Missouri State Museum's "Landing After Hours" program is held the first Wednesday of each month at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, 100 Jefferson St. Doors of the Lohman Building classroom will open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Convenient parking is available in the lot next to the Lohman Building.

In addition to being held in person, this program will also be livestreamed on the Missouri State Museum's Facebook page.

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Program Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Program Location:
  • In person: Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, 100 Jefferson St., Jefferson City
  • Virtual: Missouri State Museum Facebook page

The Missouri State Museum is located at: 

First Floor, State Capitol, 201 W. Capitol Ave., Jefferson City, MO | 573-751-2854

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs