Art of Devastation - Lecture Fri. Jan. 27

The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War opens with a lecture by Peter van Alfen, the Margaret Thompson Curator of Ancient Greek Coins at the American Numismatic Society and co-curator of the exhibition. Van Alfen is an economic historian with wide ranging interests that include European and American medallic art of the fifteenth to twenty-first centuries. He has curated exhibitions and published on medals relating to the Olympics, World Fairs, and the First World War. He holds a PhD in classical philology from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in anthropology from Texas A&M University, and a BA in classical philology from the University of Utah. His lecture is “America under Pressure: Identities, Loyalties and Medallic Art during the Great War.” A reception in the Art Center follows.
When: Friday, January 27, 2017, 5:30pm
Where: Taylor Hall 105 & Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

The Art of Devastation Exhibition

Often unseen art medals and posters of World War I will be on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in the exhibition, “The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War,” a joint project between the ANS and Loeb Art Center. Co-curated by Dr. Patricia Phagan (Vassar) and Dr. Peter van Alfen (ANS), the exhibit features 117 medals from both sides of the Great War and 14 posters, several of which are on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays published jointly by the ANS and the Loeb Art Center. It runs from January 27-April 9, 2017 at the Loeb Art Center, 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is open to the public. Learn more about this exhibit.

New Publication – The Art of Devastation

Timed to coincide with the centennial of US involvement in the First World War, the exhibition, The Art of Devastation, opened on January 27, 2017 at the Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. (Read more about the exhibit in the “Upcoming Events” section.) The companion publication includes six chapters focusing on Great War art and propaganda by experts in medallic and graphic arts of the early 20th century, followed by a complete, full-color catalogue of the 130 medals and posters featured in the exhibit. Hard cover, 356 pages, full color images throughout. ANS Member price: $70, non-member price $100. To place an order or for more information, visit