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