Arvada Center’s Fall Gallery Exhibitions Explore Relationship Between Art and Conflict

This fall, the Arvada Center hosts two gallery exhibitions opening September 14 through November 12. In the Main Gallery, Art & Conflict explores the role of art in response to conflict. And in the Upper and Theatre Galleries as part of the project “Where Do We Go From Here?: America in the First World War,” The Great War: Visions of a World Conflict highlights the propaganda posters of WWI. The exhibitions open Thursday, September 14 with a free public reception, and run until November 12, 2017. The exhibition is sponsored by Lutheran Medical Center.

Art & Conflict

September 14 – November 12, 2017
Main Gallery

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Art & Conflict features contemporary artists whose works address conflict and war, and the role art and the artist can play in commemorating or explaining past conflict, or expose and express issues surrounding conflict. This exhibition seeks to utilize the role of art and artists to explore how society can come to understand how and why conflict and wars affect society and humanity in the ways they do.

The Great War: Visions of a World Conflict by Blair-Murrah Exhibitions
September 14 – November 12, 2017
Upper and Theatre Galleries

An all-but-forgotten wartime era is depicted in The Great War: Visions of a World Conflict, a collection of posters which were once used to rally citizens in Europe and the Americas to do their part in World War I. Before the war began, posters had begun to enjoy increased popularity as an art form, in addition to being used as an advertising medium. It was only natural, therefore, that with the initial Austrian declaration of war against Serbia, July 28, 1914, posters were incorporated into every nation's war propaganda effort. Millions of posters were printed throughout the course of the war. The exhibition of posters is one of many events offered throughout the Arvada Center for the project "Where Do We Go From Here?: America in the First World War."


Special Events and Exhibition Discussions

Opening reception for all exhibitions:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

6 – 9 p.m.

Attend a presentation by art historian Susan Talbot Stanaway from 7 – 8 p.m - World War One Posters:  For the Hearts and Minds of Ordinary People.

President Woodrow Wilson’s re-election campaign song in 1916 was entitled “Elect Wilson, He Kept Us Out of War.” However on April 6, 1917, at Wilson’s urging, the United States Congress declared war against Germany. Only a few hours later, one of Wilson’s most energetic campaign backers, George Creel, urged Wilson to develop means to engage the war on the home front through “expression, not suppression.” The objectives were to unify people of all ages and backgrounds, including millions of immigrants, to motivate young men to enlist and women to abandon their traditional roles and become war workers. This presentation will describe posters which were a part of these efforts as works of art and propaganda, the artists who created them, how posters established new American heroes and heroines, and their lasting importance in national history.

Exhibition Lecture

Saturday, October 28, 2017

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join us for a lecture on the history of art in response to conflict, followed by an informal meet and greet with participating artists. Free and open to the public.