Thomas Hart Benton taught at the Art Students League of New York from 1926 to 1935. Abstract expressionist artist Jackson Pollock became one of his most famous students. Pollock became known for his all-over drip paintings, like Sea Change in SAM’s collection, on view on the third floor.
“It was obvious from the first that Pollock was a born artist,” Benton once told a newspaper columnist. “All I taught Jack was how to drink a fifth a day.”