War Papers

February 11, 2010

Alumnus Viktor Koen (MFA 1992 Illustration as Visual Essay), who is also a faculty member in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department, illustrated the cover of a recent issue of The New York Times Book Review. The illustration, which integrates an image of Air Force One with various warheads and ammunition, accompanies a review of two books that explore the historical role of the President of the United States during wartime.

Koen is also exploring illustrations of American engagement in politcal conflict through “Johnny Got His Gun,” an exhibition he has curated featuring work by students in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department. The students created illustrations based on Dalton Trumbo’s 1939 novel Johnny Got His Gun, which tells the story of an American soldier who is wounded in World War I, losing his arms, legs and the use of his senses. Koen says, “The projects in the exhibition tell the chilling story through images focusing on the battlefront, as well as what came before and after.”

“Johnny Got His Gun” will be on view at the SVA Gallery, 209 East 23 Street, February 12 – March 6. There will be a reception on Tuesday, February 16, 6 – 8pm.

Image: (top) cover of the January 24 issue of The New York Times Book Review; (bottom) Anne Emond, Soldier 4, 2008, markers, ink, watercolor, Photoshop

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