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Town and Gown Forum
Moderated by Stephen Goddard, Spencer Museum of Art Curator

"The Long Shadow of the Great War"
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Fri., Mar. 26, 2010, 10:00am - 11:30pm
Location: Kress Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art
*Co-sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art.

Join KU faculty members for a series of gallery presentations moderated by Stephen Goddard, Senior Curator, on the Spencer-organized exhibition, Machine in a Void: The First World War and the Graphic Arts. Several years in the making, Machine in a Void presents nearly 150 works of graphic art made during the years of the First World War (1914-1918), with a postscript on the art of the decade following the war. The genesis of the exhibition stems from the Spencer's acquisition of a rare and extensive treatment of the war by Belgian artist Henri de Groux in the form of nearly 50 etchings. These proofs and trial prints were preparatory to a portfolio, Le Visage de la Victoire (The Face of Victory). In his introduction to the printed series, de Groux wrote of the war as an "undeniable and colossal absurdity, like a machine functioning in a void," an "opulent excess of perfect horror."

Speakers:
William Woods, Professor, Department of Geography & Courtesy Professor, Department of Anthropology
"War and the Tortured Landscape"

Roberta Pergher, Assistant Professor, Department of History
"Reflections or refractions? Myths of war experience in postwar European societies"

Nathan Wood, Assistant Professor, Department of History
"Dreams of Speed, Visions of Death: Art and War in the Machine Age"

James Grauerholz, Independent Scholar & Courtesy Lecturer, American Studies Program
"Moloch's Apocalypse: The Rise of the Killing Machines"
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