World War I: War of Images, Images of War

When: Fri., Sept. 11, 7 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31 2015

We hit the centennial mark of the outbreak of World War I last year, but observances won't cease soon; the war continued on until 1918. And lest you think some fusty old war is irrelevant to your comfortable 21st-century life, consider that World War I underwrites our daily reality, just like all of history does. If you're a young, hip, aesthetically minded cat or kitten, WWI should be of particular interest — its agonies and absurdist pointlessness were what birthed European high modernism. World War I: War of Images, Images of War, the new exhibit at Washington University's Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (1 Brookings Drive; 314-935-4523 or, looks at the Great War through the plethora of images chronicling it. War of Images, Images of War curates more than 150 pieces that illustrate the conflict's bleak trajectory, from exuberant early optimism to trauma-blitzed total exhaustion. Included are works by modernist titans such as Max Beckmann, Georges Braque, Natalia Goncharova, George Grosz and Kazimir Malevich. The show opens with a free public reception at 7 p.m. Friday, September 11, and it remains up through Monday, January 4, 2016. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday. Admission is free.

Alex Weir

Price: free admission