Postcards from the Trenches: Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War

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Editorial Review


By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, August 15, 2014

The summer of 1914 was shattered by the storm of World War I, which broke open with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife on June 28. On Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m., an exhibition commemorating the centennial of the war’s start opens at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery. Focusing on more than 50 hand--painted postcards by German expressionist Otto Schubert (who served in uniform from late 1914 to mid--1916), “Postcards From the Trenches: Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War” also includes sketches, posters, sheet music and other historical artifacts revealing how soldiers on both sides viewed the conflict.

The opening will feature a gallery talk by George Mason University professor Marion Deshmukh. It’s the first of several public programs ---- including films, poetry and discussion ---- associated with the show. A full schedule is available on the exhibition Web site.