Events & Exhibits - Spring 1998

Women Come to the Front Exhibit

The Weinberg Memorial Library and the Friends of the Weinberg Library, in conjunction with the University Art Gallery, are pleased to announce the opening of a Library of Congress Traveling Exhibit titled Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters During World War II. The exhibit spotlights eight women who documented World War II either in Europe or on the Home Front. Women Come to the Front features photographs from the Library of Congress collections and personal papers drawn from private collections to document the wartime activities of the following women: Therese Bonney, Toni Frissell, Marvin Breckinridge Patterson. Clare Booth Luce, Esther Bubley, Janet Planner, Dorothea Lange, and May Craig.
Therese Bonney (1894-1978) concentrated on photographing European children and adults made homeless by war.
Toni Frissell (1907-1988) photographed nurses, front-line soldiers, orphaned children and African-American airmen. Marvin Breckinridge Patterson (b. 1905) was the first female staff broadcaster for CBS in Europe in 1939 and 1940.
Clare Booth Luce (1903-1987) wrote articles for Life and a book Europe in the Spring about her experiences. Esther Bubley (b. 1921) photographed the average American on the homefront as the nation mobilized for war.
Janet Flanner (1892-1978) wrote articles for The New Yorker and did radio broadcasts for NBC from her base in Paris. Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) documented the Japanese-American internment camps for the federal government, which later censored the photographs it asked her to create.
May Craig (1889-1975) served as Washington correspondent for the Gannett newspaper chain but also provided accounts of the Normandy campaign and the liberation of Paris.
Because of the size of this exhibit, it will be shown in two parts. Part one, featuring the women who worked in Europe, Therese Bonney, Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, Clare Boor Luce, and Janet Flannel will run February 8 through March 13 and featured an opening reception on Sunday February 8 from 1:00 to 4:C0 PM at the University Art Gallery. At 2 PM, Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D., Gallery Director/Adjunct Faculty, presented a lecture titled "Photojournalism: An Overview" in Gallery II9.
The second half of the exhibit, featuring women who worked on the home front, Toni Frissell, Esther Bubley, Dorothea Lange, and Elisabeth May Craig, will run from March 23 through April 24. There was an opening reception on Sunday March 29, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the University Art gallery. At 2:00 PM Susan Poulson, Ph.D., Associate Professor History Department, presented a lecture titled "Women and World War II" in Gallery II9.
Michael Knies
Pride, Passion, Promise: Experience Our Jesuit Tradition