Life During Wartime
Life During Wartime is the most recent exhibition produced by the Exploring Museum Careers Partnership Program, an unusual extracurricular, yearlong course developed by Museum Education Director April Oswald for area high school students to work closely with museum staff. The 2013‑14 Exploring Museum Careers team is Renee Gagnon, Aneesa Hussein, and Angela Romanzo from Proctor High School in Utica, and Ellen Arnison, Rachel Evans, Carley Geruntino, and Caroline Smiegal from Clinton High School.
The artwork included in Life During Wartime was created between the 17th and 20th centuries and presents a dramatic array of interpretations of the subject. Featured are images of: patriotism; the tedium of a soldier’s daily life; the cruelty visited upon civilian populations living in war zones; the war at home for families left behind; protest during the Viet Nam era; and the brutality of killing.
Mary E. Murray, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, oversaw the selection of works of art for Life During Wartime; she chose the theme based on several important milestones in United States history. In 2014, we continue to observe the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War; in this year the United States is scheduled to end its troop presence in Afghanistan, after fighting there for more than a decade; and 2014 marks the centenary of the First World War, the Great War, the war that was to end all wars.