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Frist Center Pairs Work of Francisco Goya and Steve Mumford in Exhibitions Exploring Conflict as Seen Through Artists' Eyes

Goya: The Disasters of War and Steve Mumford's War Journals, 2003–2013 Open February 28, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Through the pairing of the exhibitions Goya: The Disasters of War, and Steve Mumford's War Journals, 2003–2013, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts offers two powerful artistic portrayals of conflict and life in a combat zone. In The Disasters of War, the eminent Spanish painter and printmaker Goya graphically depicts the ravages of war as a means of expressing his horror with humanity's capacity to inflict harm, whereas the contemporary American artist Steve Mumford takes a more journalistic approach to his paintings of 21st Century combat. Both exhibitions will be on view in the Frist Center's Upper-Level Galleries from February 28 through June 8, 2014.

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828), widely considered the last of the Spanish "old masters" as well as the first modernist, created the eighty prints that comprise The Disasters of War in reaction to the Napoleonic invasion of Spain in the Peninsular War (1808–14) and the ensuing political turmoil. "Unlike previous works of 'war art,' these prints were not commissioned by 'the winner,'" explains Frist Center Curator Katie Delmez. "Therefore, they provide insight into the artist's unbiased private feelings about the historical events, and do not glorify individual leaders. Rather, they are brutally frank reflections of the impact conflicts have on ordinary individuals, soldiers and civilians alike. In this way, Goya can be seen as one of the first truly modern artists."

Still relevant after 200 years, the prints have inspired artists from Édouard Manet and Pablo Picasso to Leon Golub and the Chapman brothers; they have been reformatted to serve as a cover for Susan Sontag's book, Regarding the Pain of Others; they appear as illustrations in political commentary. Given their subjects of death, brutality and the impact of war on civilians of all ranks and ages, The Disasters of War are not easy to look at, and have rarely been exhibited in their entirety. "Perhaps because of their criticism of both France and the Spanish crown, or the acknowledgement that such gruesome images would not find buyers, the etchings were not published until 1863, thirty-five years after the Goya's death," says Ms. Delmez. A collaboration of the Pomona College Museum of Art and the University Museums, University of Delaware, this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue present all eighty prints of the first edition from the collection of the Pomona College Museum of Art.

Curated by Goya scholar Janis Tomlinson, director of the University Museums, University of Delaware, the exhibition proposes a departure from the traditional installation that follows the sequence of etchings imposed some years after they were created and standardized in the first edition of 1863. Tomlinson invites us to consider Goya's endeavor within its historical context by presenting the etchings in five groups: Carnage, Atrocity, Martyrdom, Famine and Emphatic Caprices. This organization reveals Goya's clear stylistic evolution over the four years (1810–14) during which he etched these plates.

While Goya concentrates on war's inhumanity, Steve Mumford explores the humanity of day to day life, especially the routine downtime, in combat zones. Trained as a painter and strongly influenced by Winslow Homer, Mr. Mumford has worked since 2003 as an artist with a press pass embedded in occupied Iraq and the war zones of Afghanistan. Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala explains, "His intention was to capture—in drawings, watercolors and written journals—the experiences of American troops and the people living and working in the areas he visited." Throughout his extended trips, Mr. Mumford observed and depicted scenes that are rarely shown in the news. "Among Mumford's most affecting images are those that show wounded soldiers receiving therapy at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.," says Mr. Scala. "It's clear that the works do not just portray individual traumas, but are also universal symbols for the damage of war and the healing—physical or emotional, personal and cultural—that now must follow."

A different perspective on the nature of the conflict appears in the last gallery of the exhibition, which contains scenes from the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, which Mr. Mumford created in 2013 to illustrate a story in Harper's Magazine on the trial of an accused terrorist. 

Addressing the conscious decision to paint rather than to photograph, Mr. Mumford says: "Making a drawing is more about lingering with a place and editing the scene in a wholly subjective way. It's never comprehensive of the visual facts, which are filtered through one's senses, selected, exaggerated, or left out over the hour or so it takes to make a drawing... . For me, the act of drawing slowed down the war, recording the spaces in between the bombs."

As part of the exhibition planning process, the Frist Center invited a group of veterans and staff counselors from Soldiers and Families Embraced (SAFE), a Clarksville, Tenn.-based nonprofit organization offering free counseling for active duty, veterans and their families, to discuss the exhibition concepts and materials. The group provided insightful feedback on public programming, docent training and how to best accommodate visiting members of the military community. "These exhibitions will undoubtedly spur emotional responses, especially from members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan and may have witnessed the types of events shown by both artists, but especially by Steve Mumford," says Mr. Scala. "We asked our focus group to weigh in with us on how Mumford's works relate to their own experiences of the war zones, which reflect our own moment in history in a very different way than Goya did his." The group noted that many returning service members are hesitant to speak openly about war time experiences and that the exhibitions could serve as a catalyst for conversation and a sharing of experiences and memories.

The exhibition is accompanied by an array of public programs and a catalogue published by Pomona College Museum of Art and University Museums, University of Delaware.

Exhibition Credit
Goya: The Disasters of War is a collaboration of the Pomona College Museum of Art and the University Museums of the University of Delaware. It is curated by Janis Tomlinson, Director, University Museums, and circulated by the Pomona College Museum of Art.

Steve Mumford's War Journals, 2003–2013 was organized by Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Frist Center
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, The Frist Center offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and to members. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for seniors, military, and college students with ID. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (with the exception of Frist Fridays), 59 p.m. The galleries, Café, and Gift Shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m.5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.9 p.m. and Sundays, 15:30 p.m. Additional information is available by calling (615) 244-3340 or visiting www.fristcenter.org.

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