CRISIS: A Visual Exploration of Conflict

SUArt Galleries
April 5 through May 13, 2018

CRISIS: A Visual Exploration of Conflict investigates how visual artists have captured, reacted to, and explained physical acts of conflict, issues of identity, and the evolving conceptual methodologies in art. Physical conflict is explored through subtopics including technological advancements in warfare and the loss of humanity, represented by works as diverse as 17th century etchings to contemporary sculpture. Conflicts of identity grapple with the internal and psychological conflict of self and sexuality, the ongoing evolution on the notions of gender, and the revealing effects of cultural appropriation. Additionally, the ever-evolving genres of art, and the sometimes competing ideas found in these stylistic shifts, are signified by the pioneering artists that symbolize these movements.

Drawing from the diverse collections on campus, CRISIS includes over thirty examples of prints, photographs, archival materials, paintings, and multi-dimensional objects from Light Work Colelction , the Syracuse University Art Galleries, and the Special Collections Research Center.

Curated by graduate students enrolled in Fine Arts Curatorship, taught by Andrew Saluti, Assistant Professor of Museum Studies, School of Design, this project is generously supported by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and  Collaboration (PARCC) in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the Syracuse University Humanities Center, and the Graduate Program in Museum Studies, School of Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

All programs are free and open to the public. For parking information, visit

Gallery Reception
Thursday, April 12, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Lunchtime Lecture
Wednesday, April 25, 12:15 p.m.
Join Museum Studies assistant professor, Andrew Saluti and select student curators for a gallery tour of CRISIS: A Visual Exploration of Conflict