Webster and CAM Present “Artist Talk” on Iraq Feb. 2

| January 31, 2013

Contemporary Art Museum

Webster University is partnering with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) to present “Artist Talk: It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq,” Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m., at CAM, 3750 Washington Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

The unique discussion brings together key participants in artist Jeremy Deller’s 2009 project about the war in Iraq. The discussion will reflect on how the active engagement of the audience in the experience of art can transform one’s understanding of the world.

Deller is joined for the talk by Esam Pasha, an Iraqi refugee, artist and former translator for the chief advisor in the British Embassy of Baghdad; Jonathan Harvey, a veteran of the Iraq War; and Creative Time chief curator Nato Thompson, all of whom participated in taking the “It Is What It Is” project to cities across the United States.

Deller’s exhibit, “Joy in People” — the first mid-career survey of one of Britain’s most significant contemporary artists — opens to the public at a free reception at CAM Friday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., and runs through April 28.

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