An-My Lê, Small Wars (Rescue) (detail), 1999–2002, Silver gelatin print, 26 1/2 x 38 x 1 1/2 in., The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Gift of Barbara '68 and Theodore '68 Alfond 2013.34.055. Image courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York
January 20–May 13, 2018

Picturing War

Wars affect the lives of millions of people and inspire courage and patriotism as well as conversation, debate, and criticism of the atrocities committed in the line of battle and the lingering consequences of armed conflict. This exhibition presents an array of objects, drawn entirely from the Museum’s permanent collection, that respond to instances of American involvement in global conflict from the end of the first World War to the present day. The presence of American propaganda posters coupled with contemporary works by artists such as An-My Lê and Martha Rosler serve to challenge the ideas and conventions surrounding wars in which the United States have been involved since 1918.

The juxtaposition of contemporary works in this exhibition with American propaganda posters that once urged many to support involvement in both World War I and World War II creates multifaceted conversations between the past and present. Although divided in opinion and message, these works reflect the ideas and opinions of citizens who chose to create a visual response to World War I, World War II, and to the wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

This exhibition is curated by Margaret Milford (’18), the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s Fred Hicks Fellow. The exhibition was organized to coincide with the course “Picturing War,” taught by Dr. Susan Libby, Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Rollins College.

FREE ADMISSION

Monday closed
Tuesday 10 a.m - 7 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.


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