Laurel McLaughlin, art historian at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, will present a program on World War I and American Art at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Thursday, March 23, at 2 p.m. The program is free and no reservations are necessary.
McLaughlin will speak on the war itself and how it impacted art and culture because of how America’s artists interpreted their experiences, opinions and perceptions in their art. Works created during the war period showed how American artists were transitioning from modern art to realist styles to capture all aspects of the war America entered 100 years ago.
McLaughlin worked on the touring lecture series programs well as the planning of the World War I and American Art International Symposium this month in Philadelphia, which featured lectures, discussions and tours of local collections featuring objects pertaining to the WWI exhibition. She attended Middlebury College, earned her master’s degree in art with distinction from Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and is currently completing her doctorate in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College where she is studying the history of art.
The program at the library is unique in its exploration of the ways American Artists reacted to the war through their interpretation of personal experiences, perceptions, and participation in the war in many different capacities including soldier and factory worker.
For further information on this and all programs within the Monmouth County Library, visit www.monmouthcountylib.org.