Art at the SMFA: Permanent War

Mark Tribe_Sawtooth Mountain from Rare Earth Series

Mark Tribe, Sawtooth Mountain from the Rare Earth Series, 2012. Inkjet prints on paper. 24 x 38 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) presents the work of 16 artists in their newest show, “Permanent War: The Age of Global Conflict.” The focus of the international artists features spans the devastation of WWI to everyday life as a soldier or veteran to the tactics of the modern military.

The show runs from January 29- March 7, and there will be an opening reception on February 5, from 5-7 pm. Guest curated by Pamela Allara, the exhibition was inspired by the recent commemorations of the War War I centenary in Europe, and thoughts of how was has remained the same and how it has changed after the WWI, which was often described as “the war to end all wars.” Says Allara, “the artists included in the exhibition examine our state of permanent war with insight, courage and not infrequently, ironic humor.”

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Claire Beckett, Marine Lance Corporal Nicole Camala Veen playing the role of an Iraqi nurse in the town of Wadi Al-Sahara, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, CA from the Simulating Iraq Series, 2008. Archival ink jet print. 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Carroll and Sons Gallery.

Along with the opening reception, several events accompany the exhibition:

Artist talks with SMFA faculty Bill Burke + Bonnie Donohue | February 2, 12:30 pm
Curatorial presentation and tour with guest curator Pamela Allara | February 12, 6:30 pm
Reading by poet Steve Dalachinsky | February 19, 6:30 pm
Artist talks with SMFA faculty Claire Beckett + Ken Hruby | February 23, 12:30 pm

Learn more about the show and the SMFA on their website. Exhibition hours are Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Thursday, 10 am–8 pm; closed Sundays and holidays.
Admission to the exhibition and related events is free.

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