Coinciding with the centenary of America's involvement with the war, "World War I and American Art" will be the first major exhibition devoted to exploring the ways in which American artists responded to the First World War. The exhibit will transform the current understanding of art made during the war and in its wake. The war's impact on art and culture was enormous, as nearly all of the era's major American artists interpreted their experiences, opinions and perceptions of the conflict through their work. "World War I and American Art" is organized around eight themes: Prelude: The Threat of War; Hartley and Hassam: Tenuous Neutrality; Debating the War; Mobilization; Modernists and the War; Battlefields; The Wounded and the Healers; and Celebration and Mourning. Arranged to follow the narrative of the war itself, the exhibition will show how artists chronicled their experiences of the unfolding war as it crept closer to home and then involved them directly as soldiers, relief workers, political dissenters, and official war artists.
Keith DeStefano will present "Bass in the Face," a performance of original jazz-inspired compositions that will explore and feature the textural possibilities of bass clef instruments, including the lower sounds of the spectrum. The performing ensemble will comprise of double bass, tuba, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, trombone, and percussion.