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Veteran Art Triennial Explores the “Transformative Power of Art”

“Surviving the Long Wars: Visualizing Parallels Between the U.S. ‘Indian Wars’ and the ‘Global War of Terror'” features over 45 contemporary artists at three Chicago locations

Congratulations to Dr. Ronak K. Kapadia, Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies; Dr. Therese Quinn, Professor and Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies and GWS Affiliated Faculty Member; and Aaron Hughes, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History, on the opening of the second Veteran Art Triennial. The Triennial features art by veterans and communities impacted by U.S. wars and is part of the project “Surviving the Long Wars: Visualizing Parallels Between the U.S. ‘Indian Wars’ and the ‘Global War of Terror.'” Drs. Kapadia and Quinn are co-directors of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project.

The Triennial includes exhibitions at three locations. "Surviving the Long Wars: Residues and Rebellions" will run through May 26 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. "Surviving the Long Wars: Reckon and Reimagine" will run through June 4 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., with a gallery talk on May 10, noon-1 p.m. "Surviving the Long Wars: Unlikely Entanglements" will run through July 9 at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave.

The Triennial opened during a summit in March that featured poetry readings, panels, art-making and movement workshops, exhibition tours, and live performances. According to Dr. Kapadia, "The Surviving the Long Wars Summit was timed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. illegal invasion of Iraq and the untold horrors that followed in its wake. The keyword for me at this summit was 'breathing.' Breathing as constitutive to living, to surviving, to healing."

Aaron Hughes explained, "The triennial and summit are about the transformative power of art. It is about the way art can create connections across differences, transform trauma into meaning and inspire a more peaceful future. It’s about what we all need to survive."

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We encourage you to experience these powerfully moving exhibitions over the next several weeks. Learn more about the "Surviving the Long Wars" project at