From the Spanish artist Francisco Goya's exposure of the "Disasters of War" in 85 prints after the Napoleonic invasions, to the South African William Kentridge's conflagration of animated drawing and storytelling to probe his conflicted identity as white man and artist during Apartheid and after, artists through the centuries have turned to art-making in times of war, conflict, oppression and trauma.
Join a global panel of artists formed by dire events in far-flung corners of the globe who honor, replay, deride or exorcise their histories through their work. How important is the art making itself to their emotional or even physical survival? How did they come to recognize the roots of their subjects and evolve their form of expression? What role does the art-making play in their lives? Why do some artists find it necessary constantly to revisit the injury and others to probe, dissect or transcend it. What is the role of humor in art rooted in an oppressive past? The artists share their stories, screen their work and address the provocative questions, in particular: can art make a difference?
92Y needs your help
Many of you have asked how you can help 92Y as we face tremendous financial losses due to Covid-19. From now through June 30, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $250,000 by an anonymous donor—going twice as far in supporting 92Y. You can help sustain our beloved institution and support the creation of new, online programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to our community. Thank you for anything you can do to help.