This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features the new Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibition "War Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath." Anne Wilkes Tucker, the show’s co-curator (along with MFAH’s Will Michaels and Natalie Zelt) joins me to discuss the exhibition and the related 600-page book from the MFAH and the Yale University Press.
This is a detail from a Simon Norfolk picture of Omaha Beach (2004), one of the five sectors of the 1941 D-Day invasion of France. Tucker notes that many war sites become tourist sites — including this one. (See the full version here.)
The show, which opens this weekend and runs through February 3, includes almost 500 objects, images by more than 280 photographers on six continents, all of it covering 165 years of war. The exhibition and catalogue are presented thematically, with sections on war-related topics such as recruitment, training, daily routine, patrol, the wait, the fight itself, leisure time and more.
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Image: Simon Norfolk, Omaha Beach, 2004. Collection of the MFA Houston.