15 October 2012

Mural Explores Civilian Views of Afghan War

A 45-image traveling mural underwritten by the American Friends Service Committee (A.F.S.C.) travels to Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut, Des Moines, Iowa from Mon. Oct. 15 to Fri., Oct. 19.

The "Windows and Mirrors" exhibit is centered on a traveling mosaic of 4-by-6-foot images, each created by youth or adult artists, which are collectively presented as a mural. Each image addresses war seen through civilian eyes. A concurrent series of presentations, readings, and discussions will be conducted nightly.

The AFSC is a "Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service." The Des Moines Social club is an organization that advocates social and economic change through the arts.

A 3-minute video of the exhibit is available here.

A gallery of some of the artwork is available here, including detailed titles and descriptions of each work, as well as artists' biographies.

The exhibit is open daily: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Events related to the exhibit include:

  • Mon., Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: Opening reception, introduction to the exhibit, poetry readings.
  • Wed., Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.: Dramatic reading: "The Great Game."
  • Thurs., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.: Forum on the human cost of war: "the toll on those fighting it, civilians in the way of it, and communities paying for it."

A Sept. 10, 2012 Iowa Public Radio interview regarding the Des Moines exhibit is available here.

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