DEKALB – The Northern Illinois University Art Museum’s exhibition “Exploring Aspects of War In and Through the Visual Arts” tackles the complex relationship of art in the depiction of war. The exhibition opens Tuesday, Aug. 27 and continues on view through Oct. 18. Visitors are invited to a public reception on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5-8 p.m. with Informal Artists’ Gallery Talks beginning at 6:30 p.m. launching a programming series expanding on the exhibition’s themes.
The visual arts have served in all cultures and periods to document, motivate, memorialize, facilitate healing, critique and protest military action. “Exploring Aspects of War in and Through the Visual Arts” considers views on war and military conflict from the perspective of the home front, the battlefield and back home again. Works on view in the exhibition range from contemporary installation sculptures, documentary photographs, to historic seventeenth century prints and cover a wide scope of perspectives including veteran self-expression, art therapy, patriotism, protest, and shifting social and political views.
Guided by input from the Exhibition Advisory Committee, Art Museum staff curated this exhibition from artwork entered in a public call for entry, invited artists, works borrowed from other institutions and private collections, as well as the NIU Art Museum collection. The exhibition represents artists: Kamal A. M. Al Mansour, Hannah Smith Allen, Michael Amato, Jerry Bleem, Zachary Burgart, Jose deVera, Sally Edelstein, Eric J. Garcia, Nathan Heilman, Lynn Johnson, George Klauba, Steve Kost, Darryl Lauster, Jacob Lee, John S. Lindquist, Robert Patrick, C. Harold Perkins, Dennis Santella, Lalage Snow and David Joel Thomas. It includes loaned work by artists Pehr Anderson, George Bellows, Iggy Bennett, Jacques Callot, Warrington Colescott, Otto Dix, Winslow Homer, and Käthe Kollwitz, and selected posters from the War is Trauma portfolio, as well as artists Edwin Brewer, John Doyle, David Driesbach, Sandro Miller, Georges Rouault, and various prints documenting the Sino and Russo Japanese Wars from the NIU Art Museum Collection.