Art & Music
Dada and Constructivism: World War I and Radical Modernism
IU Art Museum
This exhibition showcases the art world’s transformation in the wake of World War I.
Many Russian artists sought orderly, rational responses to the chaos of the war. Their work came to be known as Constructivism and was characterized by clean lines, geometric structure, and an absence of violent imagery. Many artists on the Continent, particularly in Germany, rejected traditional aesthetic values and espoused antiwar philosophies. These artists formed the Dada movement and experimented with new materials and techniques, often relying on shocking imagery to convey their political messages. This exhibit is free and open to the public during regular museum hours.
In Their Own Words: Native Americans in World War I
Runs through February 15
Through photographs and veterans' personal stories, this exhibition illustrates the experiences of Native Americans involved in World War I.
In Their Own Words: Native Americans in World War I features a sampling from the Mathers Museum Wanamaker Collection of Native American Photographs. Photographer Joseph Dixon undertook a vast study of Native American participation in the war between 1908 and 1923, taking hundreds of photographs of veterans in 1919 and 1920. Dixon interviewed these men and their officers, and sent out thousands of survey forms to gather individual accounts of war experiences. In 1921, he traveled to Europe to observe firsthand and photograph the sites where Native American soldiers fought. The exhibit is open to the public during regular museum hours.
WWI War Bond PostersMass-produced color posters were seen as one of the most effective means to encourage enlistment during World War I—as well as one of the best ways to raise capital for the war effort and to solidify public opinion against the enemy. This installation features posters with stylistic approaches that elicit different emotional responses.
IU Art Museum
Over Here and Over There: Places of World War I
October 27 to December 18, 2014
Lilly Library and Herman B Wells Library
Both military and civilian perspectives are represented in this exhibition, which has pieces on display in the foyer and Elisabeth Ball Room at the Lilly Library, and in the Scholars' Commons at the Herman B Wells Library.
Internment camp, battlefield, hospital, home—the places evoked in the letters, literature, and songs of World War I provide an avenue for understanding the Allied experience of the Great War. This exhibit includes works by well-known veterans, such as Siegfried Sassoon and Ernest Hemingway, as well as lesser-known and anonymous individuals. Pieces can be viewed during regular library hours at the Lilly Library and the Herman B Wells Library.
November 4, 2014
Benjamin Britten's War RequiemThe IU Jacobs School of Music is hosting this momentous performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem featuring special guest conductor, Michael Palmer.
Musical Arts Center
Long considered one of America’s finest conductors, with a career spanning 40 years, Michael Palmer has performed with the greatest classical musicians in the world and has worked with many of America’s leading orchestras. He is the Charles Thomas Wurm Distinguished Professor of Orchestral Studies at the Georgia State University School of Music.
December 3, 2014
French and American Poster Art of the First World WarBrett Bowles, IU associate professor of French, will discuss wartime poster design and aesthetics.
Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Endowed Gallery of Twentieth-Century Art
IU Art Museum
Professor Bowles—an avid conservator of vintage posters—will compare designs of French and American bond posters produced between 1914 and 1918. He will also consider the political and economic contexts in which the posters were produced, and evaluate their effectiveness as public art intended for two specific purposes: to promote national consensus for fighting the war, and to raise funds to underwrite its enormous cost.