Citizen Artists: World War I and the Creative Economy

Accompanying PAFA’s current exhibition, this two-day symposium examines the creative contributions of American artists and citizens before, during and after World War I. Conversations will consider new scholarship on the relationship between military conflict and visual culture, the creative deployment of everyday citizens in the pursuit of national agendas through art and art-making initiatives, evolving racial and gender roles during the early twentieth century and the complicated interminglings of memory and mythology in understanding our own history. Saturday afternoon Collection Tours with PAFA’s cultural partners will expand the conversation into other disciplines through the examination of special World War I related collections around the city in smaller groups. PAFA's Cultural Partners for these tours include:Independence Seaport Museum; Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Library Company of Philadelphia; Mutter Museum; National Constitution Center; National Museum of American Jewish History.

Pre-Registration is now closed, but walk in attendees are welcome. Join us!


The symposium is sponsored by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the USA.


Left to right: Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986), The Flag, 1918, Watercolor on paper, 11 15/16 x 8 13/16 in., Milwaukee Art Museum. Gifford Beal (1879-1956), On The Hudson at Newburgh, 1918, Oil on canvas, 36 x 58 1/2 in., The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Man Ray (1890-1976), AD 1914, 1914, Oil on canvas, 36 7/8 x 69 3/4 in., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), That Liberty Shall Not Perish—Buy Liberty Bonds—Fourth Liberty Loan, 1918, Poster, 40 ½ x 29 ½ in., MFA Boston.

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