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Sep 19, 2012. - Dec 30, 2012.

Many Wars

Photography by Suzanne Opton

Jim Dooley, Vietnam, 2009, chromogenic print. Photo courtesy of the artist

Jim Dooley—Vietnam, 2009
Chromogenic print
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All photos courtesy of the artist

An exhibition of faces that have seen unforgettable things. That's how Suzanne Opton once described these photographs of veterans, and the Chrysler is pleased and proud to display these moving portraits.

The exhibition's peaceful and reflective setting is a stark contrast to the experiences internalized by many of these soldiers. Their memories of World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan wind up being cloaked in highly personal ways. That's what prompted the symbolic cloaks in these portraits. These are pictures of the outside that illuminate what's happening on the inside.

Saturday Art Forum

Opton will be the featured speaker at our Saturday Art Forum at 2 p.m. in the Kaufman Theatre. She'll discuss the concept behind her Many Wars and Soldier Series photographs, and she'll take your questions upon concluding her prepared remarks. Cost: Free for Museum Members, active-duty military members, veterans, college students with current ID, and children 17 and younger, $5 for all others.

Public Reception and Signing
After the Forum, join us at a free wine-and-cheese reception in the Kaufman Theatre Lobby. Purchase the illustrated monograph at The Museum Shop (hardback, $60, Member discounts apply), and have the artist personalize your copy.

Suzanne Opton
Pia Towle-Kimball—Iraq, 2009
Chromogenic print

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