Historically, some of the most important periods in the development of art and culture have coincided with wartime. It is in times of distress and death that artists see how important it is to fight against the horrors of modern life with an arsenal of music, painting, and literature. This year, which marks the hundredth anniversary of the United States becoming involved in World War I, the Museum of the City of New York is hosting an exhibit on 20th century modernism, Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York, which explores the themes of art in relation to war.
In tandem with their current exhibit, the Museum of the City of New York will be hosting a panel on June 20 called “Culture Goes to War.” The panel features four art historians, including CALA professor Nicholas Birns. The night will also feature a performance by Michael Lowney, comprising songs from World War I including “Over There.” For those interested, tickets are available online, and you can get a discounted rate of only $10 by using the code POSTERS.
If you can’t make this event and want to learn more about American art during different time periods, we have a few upcoming classes you can check out: