Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday's Three on Art

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, an event that is being commemorated all over the world. Today's Thursday's Three spotlights a trio of centennial exhibitions, current and future, in the United States.

✭ In Norfolk, Virginia, the MacArthur Memorial is observing the centennial with "Under the Rainbow: The 42nd 'Rainbow' Division in the Great War". The exhibition, which continues through September of this year, relates the story of one of the first National Guard units to reach the battlefields of France. Among items on view are the dog tag of poet Joyce Kilmer, killed in 1918 at the Battle of the Marne; German trench armor; and the uniform and equipment of the commander of the 151st Machine Gun Battalion, Lt. Col. Cooper Winn.

In November, the museum and research center will host a two-day symposium with an international group of authors and scholars. It also is producing a series of short films covering the global conflict. Its first is The Road to War, which may be seen on YouTube.

MacArthur Memorial on FaceBook

✭ On view at the National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Kansas, is "Over by Christmas: August-December 1914". Continuing through March 29, 2015, the exhibition on the first five months of the war features a 1914 Prussian flag, a lithograph by French artist Georges Scott, the uniform of a French colonial zouave infantryman, "The Road to Berlin" game, and a German cigar box for Christmas 1914.

The museum is continuing through September 14 "On the Brink: A Month That Changed the World", a special exhibition examining the assassination in Sarajevo of Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the events that unfolded subsequently. Items from nine countries, including the United States, are on view.

✭ The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts plans to mount "World War I and American Art", the first major exhibition examining American artists' responses to WWI; it will open in November 2016, to coincide with the centenary of United States involvement in the war, and continue through April 2017. Work by George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Man Ray, Norman Rockwell, John Singer Sergeant, Edward Steichen, and others will be featured. A fully illustrated scholarly catalogue will accompany the show.

Hugh Henry Breckenridge, The Pestilence (formerly War), ca. 1918
Oil on Canvas, 65-3/16" x80-1/4"
Gift of the Artist 1928.10
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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