In 2010 and again in 2011, New York based artist Steve Mumford was embedded with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. He documented his time with the troops through a series of paintings, which were later published in Harper’s Magazine.
Learn about what inspired Mumford’s paintings by clicking here. You can also view more of Steve Mumford’s “Baghdad Journals”―a collection of sketches and paintings from his time in Baghdad―by clicking here.
SECOND, read this Daily Beast article in which Steve Mumford discusses his experience being embedded with the soldiers.
THIRD, below are other galleries featuring artists whose work also explore the nature of war and wartime. Browse through the galleries.
- “The Civil War and American Art” at the Smithsonian American Art Gallery
- “Remembrance Day: The 10 Greatest Painting of War” from the BBC
- “Photography and the Civil War” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
ANSWER / REFLECT (notebook is fine):
- Which Mumford painting is your favorite? Why?
- What do the Mumford paintings (a particular favorite or all of them) convey about war? How do they compare with reading war literature like The Things They Carried? In other words, how does the medium (painting) affect or inform the purpose?
- Why do you think Mumford would use O’Brien’s novel as the title for his series?
- Comment on the ways in which other artists depict war through art (additional galleries).
DUE TUESDAY, 11/24