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Steve Mumford

Steve Mumford began making trips to war torn Iraq in 2003 solely as an artist wanting to record what he saw there. Six long trips since then have produced hundreds of spontaneous drawings that each offer a very personal view of daily life among soldiers and civilians, Iraqis and enemy combatants. Unique among contemporary artists, Mumford engages in his work elements of life that few Americans think about. He speaks with host Michael Rush at Chelsea's Postmasters, where his 2010 exhibition--composed of a series of very large, Caravaggio-inspired canvases--surround visitors with exquisitely rendered depictions of present day Iraq (35 minutes).


Rush Interactive


Artists in conversation and debate with host Michael Rush, Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. In addition to his career as a museum director, he is an award winning curator, and widely published author and critic. He was Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University from 2005-2009, and Director of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art from 2000-2004.