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In 2003, artist Steve Mumford made his first trip abroad to record, in watercolor and with pen and ink, the experiences of American soldiers in Middle Eastern conflicts and the impact of those conflicts on civilians. He chose to digitally distribute his work for publication, preserving the immediacy of his impressions. In this lecture, Mumford explains how the experience of drawing in a war zone and his subjects’ reactions to being portrayed by an artist profoundly affected his sense of self as an artist and as a person. Learn more about Steve Mumford's War Journals, 2003–2013.+ More details
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This lecture will consider the historical representation of war in the context of the exhibitions Goya: The Disasters of War and Steve Mumford’s War Journals, 2003–2013. While much war-related art has functioned as propaganda—diminishing the humanity of the enemy and emphasizing the glorious defense of homeland or ideology—other art employs extreme emotionalism to open eyes and hearts to the brutality of war. A third path, meant to dispassionately record the day-to-day reality of a war zone, avoids overt propagandizing or emotional manipulation. The lecture will raise the questions: Why do artists depict conflict? How and by whom are their images used? Does their work change anything?+ More details
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An exhibition that brings together the creative output of five emerging and established artists, each of whom has a direct experience of the war in Iraq. Participating artists: Army Major Peter Buotte, Army Sergeant Aaron Hughes, embedded artist Steve Mumford, embedded photographer Lucian Read, and Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Roa. Curated by Francis Di Tommaso, on view at the SVA Gallery February 4 - March 8, 2008.+ More details
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