Wednesday, April 28, 2004

"Greatest Generation of Sports Artists in War and Peace" - National Museum of Art and Sport - April 28, 2004 - 3 stars

Sometimes the themes of shows at this museum, located at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of IUPUI, feel like a stretch. The "museum" is essentially in the corridors of the convention-heavy facility. This art should create a point of destination for visitors instead of being an afterthought for those who attend one thing or another. This show focuses on artists who, during World War II, served as combat artists, correspondents or were members of the armed forces who happened to be artists. Some of the art is on loan from the U.S. Army, Navy-Marines and Coast Guard. Donald Moss, a combat artist in the Marines and longtime illustrator for Sports Illustrated, served as chairman for the exhibit, which is testament to the quality of work on display. Germain G. Glidden, Ray Ellis, John Groth, Fletcher Martin, Ogden M. Pleissner, Cecile Johnson, Peter Cook and Kipp Soldwedel (a pilot during World War II, he was commissioned to paint a mural for the memorial at Pearl Harbor - "The Day of Infamy") are the wartime artists represented. A very thoughtful and responsible exhibition. Through May 31, 2004; 317-274-3627. -Mary Lee Pappas

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