David Lubin Explores WWI Visual Culture Sept. 27

Story posted September 17, 2007

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David Lubin

An exploration of how artists and other producers of visual culture intervened in the discourse of World War I before entrance and after will launch Bowdoin College's "Visual Culture in the 21st Century" series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2007, in the Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom.

Art historian David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University, will give a talk titled "Art for War's Sake: WWI and American Visual Culture." The talk is open to the public and admission is free.


Lubin, who teaches courses in art, film and popular culture, joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1999. A graduate of Ohio State University, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He also studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California School of Cinema and reviewed music for Rolling Stone magazine.

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A WWI Navy recruitment poster by Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952) features the famous "Christy girl."

His most recent book, Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images (University of California Press, 2003), traces the public courtship of John and Jacqueline Kennedy through photographs taken between 1953 and 1963. Shooting Kennedy won the 2004 Charles Eldredge Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Lubin's other books include Act of Portrayal: Eakins, Sargent, James (Yale University Press, 1985); Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America (Yale University Press, 1994); and Titanic (London: British Film Institute, 1999), an in-depth look at the 1999 blockbuster film.

He is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including a Charles Warren Center Fellowship at Harvard University, a John Adams Fellowship at the University of London, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Getty Grant Fellowship.

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Allies Day, 1917 (1917) by American impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Bowdoin faculty are presenting "Visual Culture in the 21st Century" in celebration of the October 14, 2007, reopening of the newly renovated and expanded Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The program of cross-disciplinary courses, public talks and performances, and departmental events exploring the vitality and importance of the visual arts, will run throughout the 2007-08 academic year. Learn more...

Lubin's talk is sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs in conjunction with the "Visual Culture in the 21st Century" series. For more information call the Art History program at 207-725-3697.

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