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‘American Art in the Shadow of World War I’ showcases artists’ perceptions of war

By Mario Marroquin
For the Centre Daily TimesI want you poster James Montgomery Flagg's iconic 1917 poster.

PENN STATE, PA -- The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State will showcase 18 different artworks as part of the “American Art in the Shadow of World War I” exhibit from Tuesday, May 17 to Aug. 7.

The exhibit is designed to showcase how American artists stationed around the world during World War I — particularly in Europe — perceived its development from the first open conflict of the war in 1914 until its end in 1918.

The exhibit, which was organized by curator of American art for the Palmer Museum, Adam Thomas, also includes the work of American artists involved in foreign government-commissioned pieces.

The exhibition also showcases the work of American artists prior to, during and after World War I, as well as how these artists adapted their styles in response to the war.

“I hope visitors get a sense of some of the various ways in which artists engaged with, and were affected by, the war,” Thomas said.

“American Art in the Shadow of World War I” also showcases a change in attitude among Americans from the beginning of the war to 1917 when the U.S. became involved through martial action.

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