Skip to comments.Free exhibit opening Veteran's Day TODAY (Houston) WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY (165 years of conflict/aftermath)
Posted on 11/11/2012 1:25:04 AM PST by a fool in paradise
About the exhibition
On Veterans Day 2012, the MFAH debuts an unprecedented exhibition exploring the experience of war through the eyes of photographers. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath gathers together nearly 500 objects, including photographs, books, magazines, albums, and photographic equipment.
Images recorded by more than 280 photographers, from 28 nations, span 6 continents and more than 165 years, from the Mexican-American War in the mid-1800s to present-day conflicts. Iconic photographs as well as previously unknown images are featured, taken by military photographers, commercial photographers (portrait and photojournalist), amateurs, and artists.
Plan Your Visit
• Download a map of the exhibition floor plan.
• The photographs in this exhibition may not be suitable for all visitors.
The exhibition examines the relationship between war and photography, exploring the types of photographs created during wartime, as well as by whom and for whom. Rather than being organized chronologically, or as a survey of “greatest hits,” the images are arranged to show the progression of war: from the acts that instigate armed conflict to “the fight,” to victory and defeat, and photos that memorialize a war, its combatants, and its victims. Portraits of servicemen, military and political leaders, and civilians are a consistent presence.
Accompanying the show is a 600-page illustrated catalogue featuring interviews and essays by curators, scholars, and military historians. After the Houston premiere, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY travels to the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles; the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; and the Brooklyn Museum.
Click below for a brief behind-the-scenes preview of this powerful exhibition.
Admission to this exhibition requires a timed-entry ticket, which also provides general admission to the museum. MFAH Members receive free tickets based on level of membership. For the general public, tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for senior adults (65 and older), students with valid ID, and youth ages 6 to 18. Reduced-rate tickets are available on Thursday, in accordance with the Free Thursday program sponsored by Shell. Audio guides are available at the rate of $5 for adults and senior adults (65 and older); $4 for youth ages 6 to 18; and $3 for MFAH Members.
The photographs in this exhibition may not be suitable for all visitors.
All tickets are available here.
Groups of 10 or more may arrange for a visit or tour during museum hours. Evening packages—which include a tour and reception for up to 50 individuals—are also available. Please contact the group sales office at 713.639.7878.
Thanks to generous funding from Chase, admission is free through the run of the exhibition for active-duty military and veterans who present ID, plus one guest. Although admission is free, a timed ticket is required for entry. Military families with ID receive $2 off the price of each ticket.
Free Admission for Everyone on Veterans Day
On opening day of the exhibition—Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11— admission is free for all visitors. Although admission is free, a timed ticket is required for entry.
This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Generous funding is provided by:
Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation
The Annenberg Foundation
Mr. James Edward Maloney and Mr. Carey Chambers Maloney
The Trellis Fund/Betsy and Frank Karel
The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
An Anonymous Donor in memory of Thomas W. Tucker
Chris Hondros Fund
Trust for Mutual Understanding
Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Richard and Dodie Jackson
Kelly Wirfel and John Holcomb
Admission for veterans and active duty military is generously underwritten by:
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Very stirring & powerful images Fool In Paradise & thank you for the ping.
This would really good to go to for anyone in the Houston area.
Bump, and a hat tip to all the Veterans and their families here.
Many (but not all) of the photos will be exhibited next year around the country (including the Smithsonian) but I don’t know which cities or the timeline.
Mapplethorpe is the 'piss Christ' guy, isn't he?
Where did they get the money to gift to others considering he was already famous when he got the NEA grant (he’s dead now).
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