Life During Wartime, an exhibition by New York-based artist Melissa Stern ’80, opens Friday, Sept. 16, with a reception at the Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta, Ga.
A collection of new work by Stern, Life During Wartime explores 1940s America as seen from a contemporary vantage point, using collage materials from that era, as well original drawings. The exhibition continues through Oct. 29.
In an article for NY Arts, Stern wrote: “Images of the 1940s have long played a subtle but important role in my artwork. My father was a World War II veteran, along with most of the other fathers I knew, and the era infused my life as a child of the 1950s and 1960s.” She notes that the “optimism and the anxiety seem light years away, yet strangely familiar.”
See her website for further information about her work, including a video of her studio with works in progress.