Memphis College of Art Debuts Sorrows of War Exhibition


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Feb. 8, 2013

  "Fallen Soldiers" by Vita Plume; Photo Credit: Doug van de ZandeFallen Soldiers (detail) by Vita Plume; Photo Credit: Doug van de Zande

Memphis College of Art Debuts Sorrows of War Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art will unveil its newest exhibition, Sorrows of War, on Feb. 16, 2013, and it will run through March 24. This exhibition, curated by Memphis College of Art’s former exhibitions coordinator Jennifer Sargent, will be on view in Rust Hall’s Main Gallery (Overton Park). An opening reception for the show will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public and admission is free.

This collection of artworks is an attempt to bring attention to the personal cost of war. The pieces that make up the exhibition are striking, thought-provoking and devastatingly beautiful.

“When most Americans are far removed from any actual armed conflict, when Hollywood so often glamorizes and portrays war as heroic, and video games of war are ubiquitous and, at times, glorified, how can we understand the consequences to individual human beings, to their families and to society as a whole?” wrote Sargent in a statement. “How can a society understand the true costs of war to those caught up in a conflict be they soldiers or civilians? Unfortunately, we witness a virtual war on the news, but how can we truly understand the reality of these events? How can we understand that every casualty of war, whether the injury is visible or not, that every death means suffering for the individual and those who know them.”

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