Exhibit and Symposium

The “Bedazzled” Exhibit and the “Artists at War: Exploring the Connections Between Art and Camouflage” Symposium will examine the questions surrounding the relationship of art and camouflage.

This free and open to the public exhibit will be at:

The Fleet Library at RISD, January 26-March 29, 2009 during library hours (Monday-Friday 8:30am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday noon-7pm).

The symposium will be in:

The Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium in RISD’s Chace Center and is also free and open to the public on February 14, 2009 from 2-4 pm.

The exhibit will focus on three areas: what is camouflage?; dazzle camouflage; and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) student work involving camouflage.

The symposium will be comprised of four talks:

Peter Harrington, Curator of Brown’s Military Collection, will explore the relationship of art and camouflage throughout history.

Daniel Harkett, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History of Visual Art and Culture at RISD, will discuss the art movements of World War I with an emphasis on British Modernism and will examine the question, did camouflage influence art or did art influence camouflage?

Roy Behrens, RISD alumni and a professor of Graphic Design at University of Northern Iowa, will discuss the life of Everett Longley Warner, an artist and camoufleur during World War I and II, and what it was like to be a camoufleur.

Claudia Covert, Readers Services Librarian at the Fleet Library @ RISD, will bring to light RISD’s dazzle camouflage collection and share the stories her research has revealed and what mysteries remain to be solved.


7 Responses to “Exhibit and Symposium”

  1. […] now has an upcoming exhibit and symposium on the subject. The “Bedazzled” Exhibit and the “Artists at War: Exploring the Connections […]

  2. The exhibit and symposium look very interesting. There’s a story about Picasso from the Spanish Civil War that when he first saw camouflage on a military vehicle, he was very disturbed to realize that he and other modernist artists had inspired a tool of warfare.

  3. Angela Wehrle Says:

    I’m excited to see that the dazzle collection will be on display! I hope I can make it to the Symposium 🙂

  4. RISD Editions published three amazing screenprints by British born artist Carl Fudge in 2006. They are based on Andy Warhol’s camouflage series. Fudge pulled apart the camouflage and reworked it in such a way that it looks like tribal tapestries in electric orange, pinks and gold. If you would like to view them, you may see them on the site cadetompkins.com – go to “Editions and Multiples” and then to Carl Fudge and view all three.

    Look forward to the symposium.

  5. My PhD research (Theory and Practice, Slade School of Fine Art, 2007) is titled ‘Strategies of Camouflage’, and it considers the concept of Camouflage (as invisbility) in different aspects of visual culture.

    Please see my website for further images.

  6. ccovert Says:

    The symposium was recorded for the RISD archives. We are currently working on making part or all of it available online.

  7. ccovert Says:

    The Bedazzled Exhibit @ RISD closes on March 29. It will be on display at the Naval War College in Newport, RI this summer. More information coming.

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