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War and photography the highlight of Corcoran exhibit

Thursday - 6/27/2013, 8:41am  ET

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The Corcoran will display what it calls "many of the most indelible photographs ever made on the subject of war." Philip Jones Griffiths /Magnum Photos. (Courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art)
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WASHINGTON - The Corcoran Gallery of Art is exploring the relationship between two immense subjects with its new exhibit, "WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath."

As part of a national traveling exhibit organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Corcoran will display what it calls "many of the most indelible photographs ever made on the subject of war."

The exhibit will feature more than 185 photographers who hail from 28 nations, according to the Corcoran, and it will touch on conflicts that span the past 165 years, from the Mexican-American War in the late 1840s to modern wars in the Middle East.

The intent of the exhibit is to encourage visitors to both reflect on, and engage with, what they see. According to a news release from the gallery, "WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY revolutionizes our understanding of this momentous subject and immerses viewers in the experience of soldiers and civilians during wartime."

In addition to the exhibit itself, which will run from June 29 through Sept. 29, there will be several events and gallery talks to expand on the exhibit's content, including a documentary screening, a dance performance and a poetry reading.

Corcoran visitors can experience the exhibit for free every Saturday through Labor Day weekend as part of the Corcoran's "Free Summer Saturdays" campaign. The events and programs planned for the exhibit's grand opening on July 6 will be free of charge as well, and a military band and refreshments will be provided.

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