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  • Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age | January 28-June 19, 2020 | Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
  • David Filderman Gallery | Other People’s Parties | August 13, 2019-March 13, 2020 | Joan and Donald Axinn Library Ninth Floor, South Campus

Changing Perceptions: World War I and the Visual Arts

September 4 - December 14, 2018
Emily Lowe Gallery


World War I changed the perception of war from a heroic and romanticized point of view to the horrific reality of combat. The perception of what art was and could be was also transformed. This exhibition provides a glimpse into the artistic worlds of France, Germany, and Russia following World War I and examines a selection of the vast activities happening in the visual arts during that time period. The exhibition highlights permanent collection works, including paintings by Conrad Felixmüller, George Grosz, and Georges Rouault; prints by Marc Chagall, Juan Gris, and Käthe Kollwitz; and photographs by August Sander. Ephemera and book arts from the Weingrow Collection of Avant-Garde Art and Literature at Hofstra University supplement the Museum’s collection works, along with works of art loaned from other museums and galleries.

This exhibition is offered in association with the Hofstra Cultural Center conference Artistic Expressions and The Great War: A Hundred Years On, to be held at Hofstra University November 7-9, 2018.

Funding has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Gallery Location and Hours

Emily Lowe Gallery
Behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus

Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. • Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

Conrad Felixmüller (German, 1897-1977), The Happy Marriage/The Married Couple in Winter (Glüchkliche Ehe Iv/Ehepaar Im Winter)

Conrad Felixmüller (German, 1897-1977), The Happy Marriage/The Married Couple in Winter (Glüchkliche Ehe Iv/Ehepaar Im Winter), 1919, oil on canvas, 26 x 22 1/8 in., Hofstra University Museum Collections, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Rittmaster, HU78.28 ©2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Related Programs:

Exhibition Reception
Thursday, September 27, 2018 • 4-6 p.m.
Location: Emily Lowe Gallery
Behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
Remarks by Sally D. Charnow, PhD, Professor of History, Hofstra University
Free admission. Light refreshments.

PUBLIC PROGRAM:
Dance after World War I: A Structured Improv Response

Thursday, November 8, 2018 • 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: Emily Lowe Gallery
Behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
Program fees apply. Advanced registration is required.

PUBLIC PROGRAM:
Changing Perceptions: Curator's Conversation

Thursday, December 6, 2018 • 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: Emily Lowe Gallery
Behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
Program fees apply. Advanced registration is required.

FAMILY FUN with ARTful Adventures:
For children ages 5-10 and their adult companions

Keep Dreaming!
Saturday, October 13, 2018 • 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Location: Emily Lowe Gallery
Behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
Program fees apply. Advanced registration is required.

Play Like Picasso!
Saturday, November 10, 2018 • 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Location: Emily Lowe Gallery
Behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
Program fees apply. Advanced registration is required.

Art From the Heart!
Saturday, December 8, 2018 • 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Location: Emily Lowe Gallery
Behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
Program fees apply. Advanced registration is required.


For more information or to register for Museum events please call (516) 463-5672 or click here.


  • Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age | January 28-June 19, 2020 | Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
  • David Filderman Gallery | Other People’s Parties | August 13, 2019-March 13, 2020 | Joan and Donald Axinn Library Ninth Floor, South Campus