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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM to Friday, August 31, 2018 - 4:45 PM


Regenstein Library, The Special Collections Research Center




Joseph Regenstein Library


War is traumatic to those who experience it in any way. The pieces in this exhibition reflect their creators’ experiences in wars from the 16th century through the present day.

Photographs by those at the scene share space with expressions created at a greater remove. Events are recounted at a personal, intimate level or on a grand scale. Over time, images retain their power but may no longer serve their original purpose. For example, some of the items were created as propaganda and here are displayed as art. With images of war, in particular, the observer’s relationships to the conflict will affect ways in which the object is understood.

In this exhibition, the trauma of war is represented by its absence, through the experience creators share with viewers, listeners, or readers. The images, sculpture, poetry, and music shown are haunted by the absence of violence and the persistence of memory.

Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., and, when University of Chicago classes are in session, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.