The New Museum in New York City is the starting point for a new cross-country project titled It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq, organized by artist Jeremy Deller. The project, which is being co-presented by Creative Time, brings together artists, educators, writers and members of the military who will show their work and partake in a series of talks and presentations that look at the history and current state of the war in Iraq. Among the participants are two SVA alumni: Peter J. Buotte (BFA 1999 Fine Arts) and Steve Mumford (MFA 1994 Fine Arts). Buotte is a veteran of the current conflict, and Mumford’s dispatches from Iraq as an “embedded artist” have filled exhibition spaces and the pages of the 2005 book Baghdad Journal: An Artist in Occupied Iraq (Drawn and Quarterly).
On Friday, February 27, 3 – 6pm, both Buotte and Mumford will be appearing at the New Museum, 235 Bowery, to speak about their art, experiences and thoughts on the Iraq war; Buotte will also make a solo appearance on Sunday, March 1, 12 noon – 3pm (admission to the talks is included with a museum ticket). Following the completion of the project at the New Museum at the end of March, Deller will take it on the road for a three-week journey, making multiple stops across the U.S. before the next installation at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. For more information on It Is What It Is, visit conversationsaboutiraq.org.