Military Art: WWI

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The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War is a 2017 exhibit at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center which says: "This exhibition of 117 exquisitely rendered art medals from both sides of the Great War reasserts their significance as works of art, and coincides with the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into the war." Accessed 3/17

The Art of Persuasion: American Propaganda Posters and the Great War is a 2017 exhibit at the Figge Art Museum which says: "The Art of Persuasion exhibition explores how some of the most important artists and illustrators of the day supported the war effort.... Focusing on the themes of liberty, patriotism and fear, artists created compelling imagery that inspired a reluctant country to not only support the war but also fund it." Accessed 2/17

Call to Duty: World War Posters and Tears of Stone, a brochure for an exhibit held July 4 2015 - October 4 2015 at the Dayton Art Institute.. Accessed April, 2015

Edmund Greacen and World War I  is a 2019 exhibit at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens which says: "Edmund W. Greacen (1876 -1949) does not blind us with graphic illustrations of violent action. Instead, he uses faceless depictions and soft, muted tones to make us aware of the devastation of the Great War." Accessed 12/19

Emory University, Department of English post on the World War I propaganda poster "Enlist," by Fred Spear. Accessed August, 2015.

Enlist! Art Goes to War, 1914-1918 is an exhibit from the R.W. Norton Art Gallery. LiveAuctioneers posted a July 29, 2014 AP article about the exhibit and there is a Pinterest set of images. Accessed August, 2016.

For Home and Country: World War I Posters from the Newark Library is a 2017 exhibit at the University Galleries at William Paterson University which says: "The posters in the exhibit are on loan from a historically important collection at the Newark Public Library. In 1917, the director of that library, John Cotton Dana, was one of the most famous and influential librarians in the country. The American government gave Dana a large number of its propaganda posters and asked him to organize an exhibit that would be sent on tour around the nation to generate support for the war. So successful was this endeavor that Dana created a second touring exhibit of posters. Upon their return to Newark in 1919, the posters became part of the Newark Public Library's Special Collections. Many of them have not been publicly exhibited since." Also see exhibit catalog   Accessed 11/17

Harry Everett Townsend: Illustrations of a World War I Artist is a 2017 exhibit at the New Britain Museum of American Art which says: "This exhibition commemorates the centenary of America's entry into World War I and marks the inaugural showing of the NBMAA's historic and rare collection of war sketches by illustrator Harry Everett Townsend (1879-1941). " Accessed 11/17

Hope & Fear - Propaganda of the Great War is a 2017 exhibit at the Philbrook Museum of Art which says: "Spread across two galleries, Hope & Fear vividly illustrates two opposing approaches to this conflict. One gallery includes the pro-war posters while the second features the deeply disconcerting War Series lithographs by George Bellows." Accessed 8/17

Milton Bancroft recorded scenes in France during WWI, as described in a 1/28/18 article in the Johnstown, PA Tribune-Democrat. Accessed 3/18

Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War is a 2018 exhibit at the Bruce Museum which says: "Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War features a selection of works donated to the Bruce Museum by Beverly and John W. Watling III." Also see press release and an image sheet. Accessed 2/18

The Power of Posters: Mobilizing the Home Front to Win The Great War is a 2017 exhibit at the Gilcrease Museum which says: "Despite the passage of 100 years, the many examples presented in The Power of Posters: Mobilizing the Home Front to Win The Great War still retain their emotional power. Ranging from sweet and comforting to menacing and terrifying, they help us in the 21st century understand what it was like to be an American on the home front during The Great War." Accessed 5/17

"This Riveting Art From the Front Lines of World War I Has Gone Largely Unseen for Decades," by Max Kutner, 8/12/14, from Smithsonian Magazine. Accessed August, 2015.

US Army Official War Artists from The Great War Society. Accessed August, 2015.

World War I and American Art is a 2017 exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts which says: "This exhibition provides an unprecedented opportunity to examine World War I and its impact on American art." Thorough presentation online. Accessed 12/17

World War I Beyond the Trenches is a 2017 exhibit at the New-York Historical Society which says: "World War I Beyond the Trenches explores how artists across generations, aesthetic sensibilities, and the political spectrum used their work to depict, memorialize, promote, or oppose the divisive conflict."  Also see press release  Accessed 6/17

Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War, an exhibit held August 2 - November 3, 2014 at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Includes gallery guide and press release. Accessed February, 2015.


Call to Duty: World War Posters, online video [6:55] from Dayton Fox 45 for an exhibit held July 4 2015 - October 4 2015 at the Dayton Art Institute. Accessed August, 2015.

Call to Duty: World War Posters, online video from Comcast Creative in which Jill Horner speaks with Scott Schweigert, Curator Art & Civilization, Reading Public Museum, for an exhibit held 9/13/14 - 1/4/15 at the Reading Public Museum. Accessed August, 2015.


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