THURS 02.23.17 | 6pm | Free and open to the public
Please join us for the opening reception for our newest exhibition at 21c Bentonville, Seeing Now, on THURS 02.23.17. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6pm, with remarks from Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, followed by a special presentation by featured artist Steve Mumford.
About the exhibition:
This multi-media selection of works by over two dozen artists explores what and how we see today, revealing the visible and hidden forces shaping both what the contemporary world looks like, and how we consume and interpret that information—how visual and psychological perception are evolving in the 21st century.
About the artist:
Since 2003 Steve Mumford has been traveling to conflict ridden areas of Iraq and Afghanistan and most recently to Guantanamo, Cuba. During his numerous stints both war zones as well as army hospitals and the Guantanamo prison complex, Steve Mumford has acted in the tradition of the war artist making hundreds of drawings on the spot, ‘bearing witness’, to the war and its consequences, as documented on artnet.com and in the pages of Harper’s Magazine. In his latest paintings, Steve Mumford continues to elaborate on his long-time involvement with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, following and yet subverting the 19th century model of a history painter.
Based in Boston, Steve Mumford studied at Boston Museum School (BFA) and the School of Visual Arts (MFA) in New York City. Mumford’s works have been the subject of solo exhibitions mounted at Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; Pritzker Military Academy Library, Chicago, IL; University of Akron, Ohio; Cranbrook Art Museum, MI; The Moore Space, Miami, FL; Tufts University Art Gallery, MA; Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX, and ACA Gallery of Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA. Mumford has taught at the Cooper Union School of Art, The School of Visual Arts, Montclair State University and the NY Academy of Art.
Image: Steve Mumford (American), Empire, 2010. Oil on linen.