Double Take Virtual Art Talk: Preserving Portraits of War

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 1 – 2pm EST

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Double Take series brings Smithsonian specialists—from anthropologists and geologists to aeronautical engineers and historians—together to discuss artworks from SAAM’s collection. This special, virtual edition of Double Take highlights SAAM’s partnership with the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

In honor of Veterans Day, join Catherine Maynor, paper conservator at SAAM, and Ben Brands, historian at ABMC, in an exploration of art, service, and sacrifice. American art is an integral component of commemorating military service, and this session examines artist Claggett Wilson’s watercolor paintings depicting his experiences as a combat marine in World War I.

Image: Claggett Wilson, Flower of Death--The Bursting of a Heavy Shell--Not as It Looks, but as It Feels and Sounds and Smells, ca. 1919, watercolor and pencil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alice H. Rossin, 1981.163.18

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