Artists’ Responses to the World’s First Modern War
November 11 marked 100 years since the end of World War I. Artists and intellectuals, many of whom experienced combat firsthand, responded in myriad, often contradictory ways to the world’s first modern war. Students can learn more in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2017 publication World War I and the Visual Arts, available to read online or download (PDF) free of charge. The various sentiments the war provoked—from initial enthusiasm and hope for spiritual salvation, to shock and horror at the brutality of the fighting, to deep mourning and regret—are all present in the art of the period.
Service on Celluloidis a captivating podcast of The NationalWW II Museum that takes a deep look at depictions of World War II on film over the last 70-plus years. In-house experts at the museum, along with special guests, hold lively debates on the historical merits of treasured classics and smaller films alike.
The Olympics Protest is a new assessment from the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) that gauges whether students can identify the historical event depicted in an iconic photograph and evaluate its historical significance. Successful students will draw on their knowledge of the past to identify American track athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising their fists to protest racial injustice while on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics and then explain how the event was historically significant.
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