War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles – A One Day Symposium

August 17, 2019

Torrance Art Museum (TAM) presents War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles, a one-day symposium in conjunction with the exhibition GENERATION W(ar) addressing today’s images of war, terror and political violence on Saturday, August 17.

Shaun Gladwell, VR and video artist, and a former Australian Official War Artist, will be a keynote speaker. International expert on war and art, Dr Laura Brandon, now retired from the Canadian War Museum, will also give a keynote address. The symposium will bring together leading theorists, artists, researchers, and experts on conflict and contemporary art to Torrance Art Museum, to coincide with the current exhibition, GENERATION W(ar).

“We’re excited to bring together in Los Angeles some of the world’s leading experts on images of war in today’s art and media”, says Kit Messham-Muir, Associate Professor in Art at Curtin University Perth, Australia, who leads the research team that is convening the symposium.

A/Prof Messham-Muir says, “The images we see of war and violent conflict are quite unlike those of the past – images on the news are immediate and their presentation is emotive, military strikes and terror attacks spark across the internet in seconds. Artists play an important role on reflecting on those images, sometimes offering alternative perspectives on war and violence.”

War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles aims to generate new knowledge in this growing field and contribute to the current discourse around contemporary art and war. This Symposium is the third international War, Art and Visual Culture symposia — following Sydney in February 2019 and London in May 2019. The Los Angeles symposium consists of expert panels of high-profile practitioners, curators and theorists, addressing war, art and visual culture since 9/11. Project leaders during the day will include Uroš Čvoro, Sarah Gregg Minslow, and Max Presneill (TAM Director/Curator). The schedule will also feature a discussion with some of the artists involved in TAM’s current exhibition GENERATION W(ar).

For more information please visit https://www.artinconflict.com/symposium-la or contact A/Prof Kit Messham-Muir on 0416 122 461 or kit.messham-muir@curtin.edu.au .

Generation W(ar) will be on view from June 15, 2019 – August 24, 2019 at the Torrance Art Museum. Curated by Ichiro Irie and Max Presneill. Featured artists: Shusuke Ao, Josh Azzarella, Vanessa Beecroft, Dan VanClapp, Melanie Friend, Shaun Gladwell, Ben Jackel, Jerome Lagarrigue, Dinh Q. Lê, Hillary Mushkin, Simon Norfolk, Kim Rugg, Joaquín Segura, Allison Stewart, and Yoram Wolberger.

Torrance Art Museum is located at 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA