Two trailblazing artists and their relationship is the theme of historian Henry Adams’s book Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock. Abstract impressionist Mr. Pollock let the paint fall where it may, while Mr. Benton’s style was the polar opposite. Mr. Pollock was a student of Benton’s.

Mr. Adams is the author of more than 200 scholarly articles about American art and currently is a professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. His presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Federated Church, 45 South Summer street in Edgartown on Thursday, August 22.

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