World War I Centennial - War's End and Armistice Day
Exhibitions | Music | Lectures
World War I erupted in August 1914. After four brutal years of conflict, it ended on November 11, 1918. It was called the Great War and the War to End All Wars. American writer Gertrude Stein, who was living in Paris at the time, famously characterized the abrupt cultural shift the war generated by stating that it was only after the war's end that "we had the 20th century."
In art, music, literature, and history, three cultural organizations in Wichita partner this fall to mark the landmark centennial of the end of military conflict on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The armistice signed between the Allied Forces and Germany on November 11, 1918, ended combat on land, sea, and air.
Over There, Over Here: American Print Makers Go To War, 1914-1918
Paul Ross Gallery
Scott and Carol Ritchie Gallery
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Exhibition | Print makers in the United States helped to shape the public's grasp of the war, and this WAM exhibition--guest curated by Barbara Thompson, granddaughter of Prairie Print Maker C. A. Seward--sheds light on this poignant chapter in the history of WWI and American art. Explore this special exhibition of print, posters, and artifacts when the museum opens at noon. Free with museum admission. WAM members are always free.
(Pictured at left: John Taylor Arms, Wasps (aka Aircraft Patrol and In Search), 1920. Color etching and aquatint, 7 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches. Wichita Art Museum, C. A. Seward Memorial Collection)
Mess Kit Lunch
11 am to 2 pm
Lunch | Wichita Art Museum Muse Cafe, 1400 West Museum Blvd.
Enjoy a "mess kit lunch" with a vintage menu that takes inspiration from mess kits provided to U.S. troops during WWI. Reservations recommended at 316-268-4973. WAM members receive a 10% discount on lunch purchases.
The Great War and "No Futures for This Generation"
Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Blvd.
History Talk | Gertrude Stein famously wrote, "there are no futures for this generation... They do not live in the present—they just live." Dr. John Dreifort will offer a talk to characterize WWI and its precedent-setting horrors. He will explore the striking cultural aftermath as the world reeled from the most devastating war in modern memory. Dreifort is Professor of History at Wichita State University, and his scholarship focuses on European modern history. Free program with museum admission. WAM members are always free.
A Warning to Future Generations
Century II Concert Hall, 25 West Douglas Ave.
Pre-Concert Talk | Wichita Symphony Maestro Daniel Hege will discuss pacifist Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, first performed at the 1962 opening of England's new Coventry Cathedral. The original was gutted by incendiary bombs during WWII. Britten's masterwork retains its contemporary relevance as a reminder of the consequences of conflict, the need for reconciliation, and the enduring quest for peace. Free program with concert admission.
Benjamin Britten's War Requiem
Century II Concert Hall, 225 West Douglas Avenue
Concert | The Wichita Symphony will perform composer Benjamin Britten’s emotionally powerful War Requiem. Scored for double orchestra, three vocal soloists, chorus, and children's choir, this 20th-century masterpiece sets to music the text of traditional Latin requiem and poignant war poetry by English poet Wilfred Owen. The poet was a British officer and killed in battle one week before the Armistice. Concert ticket purchase required.
Reflection and Exploration
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 South Main St.
Post-Concert Reception | Complete the day-long exploration of WWI with a reception, music, and museum exhibitions. The Spirit of Wichita exhibition explores the Great War and how it was experienced in Wichita. Free reception with museum admission. WSCHM members are always free.