Torrance Art Museum

War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles

Address: Torrance Art Museum - 3320 Civic Centre Drive Torrance, CA 90503

Dr Laura Brandon, former Historian, Canadian War Museum

Shaun Gladwell, Australian contemporary artist

War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles is a one-day symposium addressing today’s images of war, terror and political violence. These images are unlike those of the past – and the stakes are particularly high. News images of attacks on major cities are immediate and their presentation emotive, videos of military strikes and terror incidents spark across the internet in seconds. Contemporary artists and photojournalists reflect on these images, sometimes offering alternative perspectives on war and violence.

War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles includes two high-profile keynotes by Dr Laura Brandon and Shaun Gladwell and two expert panels of addressing war, art and visual culture since 9/11. This is the third in a series of three international War, Art and Visual Culture symposia, held during 2019 in Sydney, London and Los Angeles.

This symposium coincides with Torrance Art Museum’s current exhibition Generation W(ar), curated by Ichiro Irie and Max Presneill. The exhibition deftly manoeuvres through the defining trait of our conflicted times to investigate the invisibility of things in plain sight and the daily relationship to war that underlies the culture at large.

Generation W(ar) will be on view from 15 June 2019 – 24 August 2019 at the Torrance Art Museum and features Shusuke Ao, Josh Azzarella, Vanessa Beecroft, Dan VanClapp, Melanie Friend, Shaun Gladwell, Ben Jackel, Jerome Lagarrigue, Dinh Q. Lê, Hillary Mushkin, Simon Norfolk, Kim Rugg, Joaquín Segura, Allison Stewart, and Yoram Wolberger.

PROGRAM (subject to change)

10:00am – 11:00am: Morning Keynote: Dr Laura Brandon, former Historian, Canadian War Museum
in Conversation with Prof Ana Carden-Coyne (TBC), University of Manchester

11:00am – 11:30am: Coffee Break

11:30am – 1:00pm: Morning Panel Discussion:

Chair Max Presneill
Shaun Gladwell
Max Moore
Allison Stewart

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Afternoon Keynote: Shaun Gladwell, Australian Official War Artist (2009-2011)
in Conversation with A/Prof Kit Messham-Muir

3:30pm – 4:00pm: Coffee Break

4:00pm – 5:30pm: Afternoon Panel Discussion: Curating Generation W(ar)

Chair: Dr Uros Cvoro
Max Presneill
Ichiro Irie

5:30pm: End

About Torrance Art Museum:

Founded in 2005, the Torrance Art Museum is the premier visual art space to view contemporary art in the South Bay. The museum encourages all people to develop and increase their understanding and appreciation for modern programs, artist talks, lectures, and symposia. Through its emphasis on contemporary artistic expression in Southern California and globally, the Torrance Art Museum brings together visual artists and community members; fosters experiences in the arts to strengthen creative and critical thinking skills; and builds bridges between the visual arts and other disciplines in the humanities and sciences. Torrance Art Museum is a program of the City of Torrance Cultural Services Division of the Community Services Department.

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission to the Torrance Art Museum is Free.

Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503

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About Art in Conflict

​The Art in Conflict project is led by Curtin University in Perth, Australia, in collaboration with University of Melbourne, UNSW Art & Design and University of Manchester, in partnership with the Australian War Memorial and the National Trust (NSW). This project is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council. Art in Conflict (LP170100039) receives a Linkage Project grant of $293,380. War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles also receives the support of Small Grant from Curtin University’s School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry.

Please direct any questions about Art in Conflict to A/Prof Kit Messham-Muir at

Assoc Prof Kit Messham-Muir
Lead Investigator, Art in Conflict project
School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry
GPO Box U1987
Perth Western Australia 6845