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‘War, Race and Imagery: A Discussion at the 100th Anniversary of World War One’ (Nottingham)
November 13, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Centre for Research in Race and Rights and Department of American and
War, Race and Imagery: A Discussion at the 100th Anniversary of World War
Friday, November 13
1-5 Bridlesmith Gate
Please join us right after Armistice Day for a talk by Professor
Celeste-Marie Bernier, author of the new book Suffering and Sunset: World
War I in the Art and Life of Horace Pippin. Bernier will talk about the
self-made artist and soldier Horace Pippin, who served in an all-black
infantry in World War I until he was wounded. War provided a formative
experience that defined much of Pippin’s life and work. His ability to
transform combat service into canvases of emotive power, psychological
depth, and realism showed not only how he viewed the world but also his
mastery as a painter. Bernier’s book painstakingly traces Pippin’s life
story of art as a life story of war. It is also the first intellectual
history and cultural biography of Pippin, revealing his many artful
resistances to racism in a white-dominated art world.
We will also hear from James Brookes, a scholar of the American Civil War
and its photographs, who will explore the role of imagery for Civil War
soldiers themselves, including black soldiers, and from Rosemary Pearce, a
scholar of World War Two and the civil rights era, who will explore race and
imagery at mid-century.
Together, the scholars will debate the fusion of race and imagery across
three major wars, marking both the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and
the 100th anniversary of World War One.
Free and open to all but please register: www.warimages.eventbrite.co.uk