SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On Ammunition and Ornament

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Koret Visitor Education Center

Highlighting the historical relationship of art-making and the war effort both at home and on the battlefield, this iteration of Arts & Skills Service considers trench art of World War I, made from the debris of warfare, most often by soldiers. On Thursday night, hear leading trench art scholar Jane Kimball, whose Trench Art: An Illustrated History highlights the often-overlooked history of exquisite objects made from shrapnel, shell casings, and battlefield debris. Follow the discussion with a SMITHS class on Friday at SFMOMA and additional making activities at the SMITHS storefront in Oakland on Saturday.


Jane Kimball, historian

Image: A promotional brochure for the Red Cross Arts and Skills program, piloted at the museum in 1942. SFMOMA Archives.