The exhibition David Levinthal: War Games at The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art & Design has extended its closing date to Sunday, October 27, 2013. This exhibition is the first to bring together all of the artist’s work on the subject of war, and also coincides with the Corcoran’s major summer exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, a survey of the history of conflict photography from the mid-1800s to the present.
For almost 40 years David Levinthal, a New York-based photographer, has staged and simulated historic war zones with action figures and dioramas, producing work that makes a comment on the representation of conflict in photography, film and other forms of media. War Games invites you to reflect on the intersection of play and war. Each photography juxtaposes the inherent humor of toys with the horror and spectacle of war and explores the boundaries between simulated reality and historical truth. Since the breakout of his important book Hitler Moves East in 1977, Levinthal has retold the history of war as a series of toy stories, from the Civil War to Iraq, from Abraham Lincoln to Saddam Hussein.
With the inclusion of recent grand-scale photographs, the retrospective shows seven different bodies of work created between 1972 and the present. Levinthal’s best-known body of work, Wild West from 1987-89, explores the American Indian Wars and the American frontier and how it has been filtered through Hollywood’s lens in blockbuster westerns and late-twentieth-century advertising. Leventhal’s other known body of work Mein Kampf from 1993-94, luridly reenacts Hitler’s theatrical rallies as well as the horrific scenes from the Holocaust. His more recent exhibit I.E.D. in 2008 echoes contemporary news imagery of our military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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WHEN: Now until October 27, 2013
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art & Design
500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
There are no tickets specifically for this exhibition, but General Admission is as follows:
Seniors (62+)/Students (with valid ID) $8
Children under 12 years of age are free.
Members enjoy free admission year-round.
Military Active Duty enjoy free admission year-round.