In 1946, Arthur Hayes Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, commissioned the prominent American artist, Eugene Kingman, to paint an inspirational mural for the lobby of the Times headquarters in New York City.
At the time, Kingman was about to be named the second executive director of the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. Sulzberger requested the mural show a view of the world as it might have been seen from space. In that pre-satellite image time, no one really knew what the world looked like from a distance.
He also requested that a line of poetry by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey be included in the mural: “Every day is a fresh beginning ̴ Every morn is the world made new.”
The mural was painted in Omaha at the Joslyn Art Museum. Kingman was helped with the map design by Richard Edes Harrison, the famed map maker from Fortune Magazine. The signatures of both Kingman and Harrison are visible on the mural. Upon completion, the mural was installed in the lobby of the Times in New York City where it remained until a remodeling in the late 1980’s when the mural was placed into the archives.
Under the direction of Maureen McCann Waldron, a group of Omaha area art lovers worked with the New York Times and the Kingman Family to bring the mural back to Omaha. Ownership of the Mural was transferred to the Joslyn Castle Trust in the fall of 2014.
Today, the Kingman mural is carefully packed and stored at the Joslyn Art Museum, where it was originally created. We hope to display it in a new permanent home soon.
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On April 26, 2023, Joslyn Castle & Gardens hosted "A Night with Eugene Kingman," which featured a gallery of Kingman works on loan from private collections and a presentation by Kingman historian Maureen McCann Waldron. The evening was emceed by Joslyn Castle board member John Dechant, who is currently researching a book about the artist.
This video was recorded and edited by Quinlan Kingman, Eugene Kingman's grandson, who was in town for the event with his mother Mixie Kingman Eddy. We are so grateful for this relationship with Kingman's family, who have done excellent work in honoring their grandfather and father's legacy with www.EugeneKingman.com.
View the presentation in full here: