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.
StudentCam is C-SPAN’s video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues affecting their communities and the nation. This year students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (five- to six-minute) video documentary.
The Smithsonian Libraries is calling for applications for the 2019 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Library in New York is the host location for 2019.