Gallery Talk and Reception at University of Saint Joseph
On Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 5:30 p.m., the Art Gallery at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) will present a gallery talk by Professor of History Kevin J. Callahan, Ph.D. in conjunction with the current exhibition Käthe Kollwitz – Graphics . The talk will be followed by a reception. Admission is free of charge. The Art Gallery, located in The Bruyette Athenaeum on USJ’s West Hartford campus at 1678 Asylum Avenue, is open Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; closed Monday.
Dr. Callahan will discuss Civilization and its Discontents: European Culture, the Great War and Social Criticism in the Artwork of Käthe Kollwitz, 1890s-1930s. German artist Käthe Kollwitz lived in a critical and contradictory period in European history. European civilization was at its zenith in terms of power and prestige from colonial empires and industrial might to technological, artistic, and intellectual innovation. At the same time, European society was rent by internal social divisions, political disenfranchisement and was a hotbed for xenophobic, racist and nationalist ideologies, all of which erupted in the devastation of World War I. The artwork of Käthe Kollwitz gives clear expression to German Jewish cultural critic Walter Benjamin’s insight: “There is no document of civilization, which at the same time is not a document of barbarism.”
Kevin J. Callahan is Professor of History at the University of Saint Joseph. He is the author of Demonstration Culture: European Socialism and the Second International, 1889-1914 (Troubador Publishing Ltd., 2010) and co-editor of Views from the Margins: Creating Identities in Modern France (University of Nebraska Press, 2008). Dr. Callahan earned his Ph.D. at Indiana University and his B.A. from Skidmore College. He is Vice President of the Peace History Society and review editor of the journal Peace & Change.
Käthe Kollwitz – Graphics was funded by John Piskor to honor of his late sister, Irene Teresa Piskor-Lewis ’56 and features works of art on loan from the William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs.Also on view at the Art Gallery is an exhibition of Recent Acquisitions, including works by Anthonie Waterloo, Mary Cassatt, Vassily Kandinsky, Wilfredo Lam, John Buck, Jeanette Pasin Sloan, and Enrique Chagoya.