Permanent War: The Age of Global Conflict
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January 29–March 7, 2015
Press inquiries, contact Brooke Daniels

In the century since World War I, coined "The war to end all wars," battles have raged on around the globe. The nature of warfare has changed dramatically with wars no longer beginning with formal declarations or ending with peace treaties; instead, violence spreads underground, with terror surfacing in ever-changing locations; drone warfare merges politics with computer games; news from far-flung battlefronts is devastatingly immediate. January 29–March 7, 2015, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) will tackle this difficult subject with its spring exhibition, "Permanent War: The Age of Global Conflict," guest curated by Pamela Allara.

"The many commemorations in Europe of the centenary of World War I inspired me to propose a war-themed exhibition to Joanna Soltan, SMFA Curator," says Allara. "Although the nature of war is rapidly changing, its death and destruction remain. The artists included in the exhibition examine our state of permanent war with insight, courage and not infrequently, ironic humor."

Organized into five themes—Mechanized Bodies, Combat as Performance, Living in a War Zone, Conflict as Media Entertainment, and Landscape as Cemetery—Allara brings together 16 artists to explore the lives of military and private citizens are surveyed, manipulated, controlled, and threatened in this era of perpetual warfare.

Matthew Arnold, Claire Beckett, Bill Burke, Bonnie Donohue, Paul Emmanuel, Harun Farocki, Coco Fusco, Adam Harvey, Ken Hruby, Lamia Joreige, Richard Mosse, Trevor Paglen, Jamal Penjweny, Sig Bang Schmidt and Steve Dalachinsky, Paul Stopforth, and Mark Tribe

Thursday, February 5*, 5–7 pm
Opening Reception
Anderson Auditorium + Grossman Gallery
*Rescheduled from 1/29 due to events of winter storm Juno

Thursday, February 12, 6:30 pm
Curatorial Presentation + Tour with Curator Pamela Allara
Anderson Auditorium + Grossman Gallery

Thursday, February 19, 6:30 pm
Poetry Reading with Steve Dalachinsky
Grossman Gallery
Dalachinsky reads poems from his collaborative project with Sig Bang Schmidt, "The Great War (WWI)," excerpts of which are featured in the exhibition.

Monday, February 23, 12:30 pm
Artist Talks
Anderson Auditorium
SMFA faculty Claire Beckett and Ken Hruby discuss their work in the exhibition.

Monday, March 2*, 12:30–1:30 pm
Artist Talks
Grossman Gallery
SMFA faculty Bill Burke and Bonnie Donohue discuss their work in the exhibition.
*Rescheduled from 2/2 and 2/9 due to events of winter storm Linus and Marcus

"Permanent War: The Age of Global Conflict"
January 29–March 7, 2015
Mrs. E Ross Anderson Auditorium + Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Exhibition hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Thursday, 10 am–8 pm; closed Sundays and holidays.
Admission to the exhibition and related events is free.

Permanent War Press Release