Opening Lecture for As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War

Opening Lecture for As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War

Saturday, March 5, 2022

2:00 PM–3:00 PM
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Join Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Anne Leonard, for the opening lecture of the exhibition As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War. The exhibition and lecture explore the key role visual media have played in documenting military conflict. Especially for people far from the front, eyewitness imagery is crucial to understanding what may be happening on the battlefield. At the same time, artists’ depictions of the wrenching conditions and consequences of war can often transcend their historical origins to become lasting monuments to suffering and sacrifice.

As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War brings together a diverse selection from the Clark’s holdings, including pro- and anti-Napoleonic imagery; Civil War photographs and wood engravings; and multiple perspectives on World War I. It also features images of Black Americans in military service, whose contribution has long been underrepresented. Spanning four centuries of European and American art (1520–1920), this exhibition shows how prints, drawings, and photographs have put a human face on the sometimes abstract idea of conflict.

Presented live, the lecture will also be broadcast on Zoom and Facebook Live. Auditorium seating is limited. Advance registration for both the live lecture and the Zoom broadcast is required.

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Veterans will receive free admission to the Clark during the run of this exhibition.

Image: Roger Fenton, The Photographer's Van with Marcus Sparling in the Crimea, 1855, Salt print from wet-collodion-on-glass negative. Acquired by the Clark, 2005. The Clark Art Institute, 2005.1.