La Grande Guerre
French Posters and Photographs from World War I
August 28, 2014-December 21, 2014
Light Court and Gelvin Noel Annex
Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion
This exhibit presents objects from two important University collections, the first consisting of 105 large lithographic posters made as propaganda in support of the French war effort, the second of some 4,500 photographs, in all likelihood commissioned by the French Ministry of War. The posters’ creators range from some of the best-known graphic artists of the day—such as Adolphe Willette and Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen—to figures who are now completely forgotten. The posters promote a variety of activities, but most encourage the French populace to lend money to the war effort, to which end they employed a wide variety of patriotic subjects. The photographers are unknown. The photographs document diverse military units and activities in locations across Europe.
Curated by David O'Brien and Pauline Parent
First Global Conflict: Contemporary Views of the Great War, 1914-1919. An Exhibition.
29 August—19 December 2014, 346 Library
A century has passed since the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the premiership of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The murder set in motion the first great conflict of the twentieth century. Casualties would number in the tens of millions and tens of millions more would be displaced or suffer political persecution as the world’s borders would be re-drawn.
This exhibition looks through the eyes of those who witnessed and wrote and pictured their experiences of the war and the politics of its inception and imperfect conclusion. Diaries, pamphlets, broadsides, photographs, postcards, letters, and documents held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library explore the rhetoric and illustrate the consequences of the conflict. The exhibition is curated by Caroline Szylowicz, Tony Hynes, and Dennis Sears.
"The University of Illinois Ambulance Unit in World War I"
Through December 7th
This exhibit discusses the volunteer group of University of Illinois students who went to Europe before the US entered the war and volunteered in the French Ambulance Corp.
Additional World War I artifacts from the collection can be found throughout the museum including in the European Cultures Gallery.
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Harding Band Bldg, 1103 S 6th St, Champaign, IL 61820
World War I with America’s March King, (April 21, 2014 – May 6, 2015)
Professor Harding and the Illinois Bands During WWI, (September 30, 2014 – August 3, 2015)
Many Voices: The Great War in America’s Songs, (October 27, 2014 – September 25, 2015)
See Events and Performances pages for concerts and lectures by the Sousa Archives