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Beyond the Battlefield: Depictions of War

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Beyond the Battlefield: Depictions of War

Dec. 22, 2014 – May 10, 2015


War through the ages has resulted in complicated political, social, and cultural changes. Artists, in responding to the age, have been drawn to conflict and its ramifications, although their responses always have been equally complicated. Art has been used throughout history to valorize and memorialize military leaders and soldiers alike for their heroism and sacrifice, yet art also has served as a critique of the carnage, horror, and absurdity of war, especially in the modern period. Beyond the Battlefield examines war and conflict as depicted by artists of the modern world, with a focus on the wars of the 20th century: World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War or Conflict. The paintings, prints, and photography of this exhibition present a diverse range of perceptions and opinions on war ranging from commendation to condemnation.

This installation is presented in conjunction with the OU School of Drama’s performance of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ one-act play Eliot, a Soldier’s Fugue (see below for more information).
Related Program:
One-Act Play
Tue Apr 7, 12:30 pm
Wed Apr 8, 5:30 pm
Thu Apr 9, 7:30 pm
The OU School of Drama presents Quiara Alegría Hudes’ one-act play Eliot, a Soldier’s Fugue. The play explores the legacy of war through three generations of a Puerto Rican family with a focus on Eliot, recently wounded in Iraq. The Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Photography Gallery will serve as the theater for the live performances. Limited seating is available.

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William Gropper (1897-1977)
Prey, n.d.
Watercolor on paper
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma, Norman; Purchase, U.S. State Department Collection, 1948