The following is a cross-post from the Picture This: Library of Congress Prints and Photos blog. The post is authored by Barbara Orbach Natanson, Head of Reference services for the Library’s Prints & Photographs Division.
Pictures can eloquently convey some of the ugliness of war. Creating art can also be a powerful means of communicating the experience of war and coping with war trauma.
On Thursday, January 22nd, Tara Tappert, an independent scholar who has spent the past twelve months as a David B. Larson Fellow in Health & Spirituality at the John W. Kluge Center, will examine how and why medical institutions and social organizations embraced arts and crafts making in the aftermath of war in a talk entitled, “Art from War: Documenting Devastation/Realizing Restoration.” Using examples from her research in Library of Congress visual and textual collections, Tappert will explore how two distinctly different artistic approaches to the experiences of war trauma-documentation and restoration-can be traced to the devastation of World War I.
The talk is being co-sponsored by the Library’s John W. Kluge Center, Veterans History Project and the Prints and Photographs Division. A display of items from both collections will accompany the lecture. All are welcome to attend; no registration is necessary.
What: “ART FROM WAR: Documenting Devastation/Realizing Restoration” (talk by Tara Tappert, Larson Fellow at The John W. Kluge Center)
When: Thursday, January 22, at 4:00 p.m
Where: Library of Congress Jefferson Building, Room 119 [view map]
- Explore pictures that document the activities of disabled veterans of many wars.
- Victor Lundy filled eight sketchbooks with drawings of his observations as a soldier in World War II; he later became a prominent architect. View the sketchbooks digitized from Prints & Photographs Division holdings, and learn more about Lundy’s war service from documentation in the Veterans History Project .
- Have a look at our overview of Prints & Photographs Divison holdings relating to World War I, which includes search tips and related resources.