Art: Social Scene

Polite rivalry exists between the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in Manhattan. Two months ago the Museum of Modern Art called the attention of Manhattan esthetes to an almost forgotten genre painter named George Caleb Bingham, who was Missouri's favorite 70 years ago. Last week the Whitney Museum went its rival one better by filling three floors with other genre paintings by Bingham, his predecessors, contemporaries and followers in one of the most interesting exhibitions of the year, entitled "The Social Scene in Paintings & Prints from 1800-1935."

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