Beverly Erdreich – Continuum: 1808 to 2017 / Goya to Erdreich
April 19-June 29, 2019
Beverly Erdreich’s Continuum series takes an unflinching look at atrocities that have impacted society through incredible acts of brutality. Inspired by Francisco de Goya’s 19th century series Disasters of War, Erdreich draws direct parallels from Goya’s etchings to modern acts of inhumanity. Reproducing and enlarging a selection of Goya’s images, Erdreich then works into each an additive and subtractive process of drawing, collage, erasure, and text. The images speak to us with an urgency to point out how little the world has changed in the centuries since Goya’s pioneering series of first-hand war reportage.
Continuum Public Programs
*Continuum Conversations and Films will take place in the Main Gallery
Goya in Continuum
Thursday, April 25; tour at 5:30 p.m. & lecture at 6-7 p.m.
Art historian and Goya expert, Dr. Karissa Bushman will take a deeper look at the Continuum exhibition by exploring the significance of Goya’s Disasters of War series and its connection to Erdreich’s series. Disasters of War changed the course of art history as one of the earliest forms of criticism against the horrors of war. Rather than focus on glorifying generals and promoting nationalism, Goya documented the Spanish War of Independence in his prints, drawings and paintings. His imagery is brutal and at times hard to view. His approach to documenting war has been influential to many notable artists which we will discuss. Further, we will examine how Erdreich’s Continuum offers a reinterpretation of Goya’s Disasters of War through a twenty first century lens. This lecture will follow an exhibition tour.
Alabama’s Jews, WWII, and the Holocaust
Thursday, May 9; 6-7 p.m.
Have you ever wondered about the Jewish Community in Alabama during World War II? As awareness of the horrors of the Holocaust spread, Jews across Alabama from different backgrounds worked together to save Jewish lives in Europe. In this lecture, Dr. Dan Puckett, a history professor at Troy University, will review the experiences of Alabama Jews as they worked to overcome their own divisions in order to aid European Jews before, during, and after the Second World War. Only by leveraging their collective strength were Alabama’s Jews able to sway the opinions of newspaper editors, Christian groups, and the general public as well as by lobbying local, state, and national political leaders. World War II and the Holocaust influenced more than just Alabama’s Jews. It also affected Alabama’s African American community who demanded greater rights and opportunities at home as the United States fought for freedom and democracy abroad. Puckett’s retelling of history will captivate the audience with compelling accounts of Alabamians during a most altering time in history.
The Aftermath of War: A Conversation of Mental Health
Thursday, May 23; 6-7:30 p.m.
WMA will host a short lecture with a conversation panel lead by Psychiatrist, Dr. Leona Graham. Dr. Graham will focus on the mental health obstacles many veterans, families of veterans, and community face after wartime (currently and historically). The panel will acknowledge these issues while discussing the tools society, veterans, and psychiatry has to combat further trauma. Our panel will include psychiatrist, Dr. Lawrence Katz, and regional veterans of different generations to share their perspective as well as answer any questions from the audience as a moderated Q&A will take place.
A Dialogue on Race Relations – In Black and White
Saturday, June 8; 2-4 p.m.
In the Main Gallery, Dr. Jeneve Brooks and Dr. Charles Lewis will lead a panel discussion made of local community members and leaders on race relations in the Wiregrass. Panelists are Anthony Long, Leslie Hicks, and Charles Nailen. The panel will include a moderated Q&A and end with a coordinated small group breakout sessions for attendees to further the conversation in a more personal setting. The dialogue is intended to encourage community members of various racial ethnic groups to come together to share and acknowledge the past as well as the on-going racism endemic in our society while collectively asserting to make a difference to improve race relations in our local community.
*Co-organizers are Dr. Charles Lewis and Dr. Jeneve Brooks. Dr. Lewis is the Senior Pastor at the Dothan Community Church. As a committed advocate for racial reconciliation, Dr. Lewis co-founded PACE – Proclaiming America’s Call for Equality and currently leads interracial small groups in conversation amongst area churches. Dr. Brooks, Associate Professor of Sociology at Troy University – Dothan Campus, has organized two separate Dialogues on Race Relations events locally, and has presented as well as published scholarly work on race relations both nationally and locally.
Goya to Erdreich to Patti Rutland Jazz
Thursday, May 16; 4 p.m.
Tune into Instagram as we follow a small group of PRJ principal dancers live through the Blumberg Gallery. Online guests will have the opportunity to watch the dancers experience Continuum for the first time. And, as the dancers share their reactions, we will listen to them discuss the exhibition. Art will continue to inspire art as these performing artists will draw from their time spent with Continuum and improv individual dances based on the work(s) they found provoking. Watch as we capture a new extension of Francisco de Goya’s art by way of Beverly Erdreich and through the movement of PRJ’s talented performing artists live on Instagram.
What’s Going On?: An Exploration of American Protest Music
Thursday, May 30; 6-7:30 p.m.
This engaging program will highlight the music of American social movements with a short presentation by Dr. Jeneve Brooks, a sociologist at Troy University, and a moving performance by the Ken Curtis Ensemble in the Main Gallery. Brooks will trace the historical connections and mobilizing actions of music during the days of the Abolition, the Civil Rights movement, and the Anti-War movement of the Vietnam War Era. Brooks will present a fascinating look at the intersection of culture and politics followed by a poignant performance of various songs associated with the mentioned movements and a moderated Q&A. You won’t want to miss this night at WMA!
WWII: Alabama Remembers
Monday, April 29; 6-8 p.m.
This original documentary from Alabama Public Television explores the lives of Alabamians who served during World War II. Each veteran retells their account of the Second World War beginning with the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp to D-Day. The interviews are paired with moving historical images from the war.
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
Monday, June 13; 6-8 p.m.
This documentary reveals the contentious origins of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and tells the story of its creator, a 21-year-old architecture student whose plan was selected from over 1,000 different designs, beating out some of the most prestigious architecture firms from around the world. A giant victory for such a young and unknown artist, little did Maya Lin know that her battle was just beginning. In Washington to defend her design, Lin came up against a mighty opposition, challenging indignant veterans and a hostile Congress to ultimately prevail with her emotional “Wall.” And what began as one of the country’s most bitterly disputed public monuments became one of the world’s most inspirational and frequently visited memorials. In this riveting and dramatic portrait, renowned filmmaker Freida Lee Mock combines interviews and archival footage to chronicle Lin’s story — from its origins, dominated by her David vs. Goliath battle over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to a career designing other memorials, always with an innate talent, and resolute courage.
Continuum Hands-On (Art Education)
April 18 – June 29
All WMA visitors will have the opportunity to participate with the creation of a community quilt through the end of May. Please join us in the Blumberg Gallery to design your own fabric square using words, realistic imagery, or abstract imagery to share a story. We will assemble the squares into a large quilt which will be on display in the Coleman Gallery from June to September 2019.
And during the month of June, guests with have the opportunity to design and write postcards of thanks and support to veterans and others in our community whose lives have been affected by war and violence.
Classes: April 3, 10, 17; 5:30- 7:30 p.m.
Open Studio: April 24, May 1, 8, 15, and 22; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WMA art educator, Amanda Holcomb will give local veterans a hands-on experience by teaching several mediums in multiple free classes. Students will learn to use the mediums drawing, acrylic paint, printmaking (linoleum and mono-printing), and clay in three separate classes. At the completion of the classes, students will have an open studio to practice what they’ve learned by creating their own works of art. Additionally, Holcomb will be available in the studio to assist when needed. We will exhibit the final pieces from those who allow us to share their work in the Coleman Gallery from June to September 2019.
*Public programming for the Continuum exhibition has been organized by an independent Program Manager, Holly Roberts Meyers, alongside WMA staff, and Humanities Advisor Dr. Jeneve Brooks.
*All programs are free and open to the public excluding Operation Art, which is reserved for veterans and active-duty members of the military.
Featured Above: Beverly Erdreich (American, born 1939), "Lo mismo - The Same," 2015-2017 Collage, text, pastel, charcoal, paint, graphite, and erasure on paper