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Dr Laura Brandon CM
Former Historian,
Canadian War Museum


An International Symposium on the Art and Visual Culture of War, Conflict and Political Violence

Saturday 17 August 2019, Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Centre Drive, Torrance CA, USA

War, Art and Visual Culture: LOs Angeles



Shaun Gladwell
Australian Official War Artist

War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles was a one-day symposium addressing today’s images of war, terror and political violence. The Los Angeles symposium included 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 four international War, Art and Visual Culture symposia, held in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.  


This symposium coincided with Torrance Art Museum's 2019 exhibition Generation W(ar), curated by Ichiro Irie and Max Presneill, which addressed 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) was at the Torrance Art Museum from 15 June 2019 – 24 August 2019 and featured 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.  


10:00am - 11:00am

Morning Keynote: Dr Laura Brandon, former Historian, Canadian War Museum
in Conversation with Dr Sarah Minslow, CSULA

11:00am - 11:30am
Coffee Break


11:30am - 1:00pm:

Morning Panel Discussion: War, Art and Visual Culture

Chair: Max Presneill, Curator and Director, Torrance Art Museum
Shaun Gladwell

Max Moore
Allison Stewart


1:00pm - 2:00pm


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


3:30pm - 4:00pm
Coffee Break


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

Chair: Dr Uros Cvoro, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney
Max Presneill 

Ichiro Irie




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 

Instagram: @torranceartmuseum 

Twitter: @TorranceArt

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 received 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 Prof Kit Messham-Muir at  

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

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