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Faculty Vincent Cianni Exhibits Photographs from Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me

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Vincent Cianni
Don Bramer, Washington D.C., 2011, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy


Begins Friday September 7, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Stephen Daiter Gallery
The exhibition runs Wednesdays through Saturdays to December 1.

Please join us for a reception with some of the artists – at the Gallery on Sunday September 23, 10a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Human Face of War in the 21st Century
This exhibition examines a series of important issues and effects of war not commonly addressed by the news or arts media including: post-traumatic stress; service by gays in the military/don’t ask don’t tell; gender issues; what constitutes maleness in war and the long term effects of loss of a child on family.The conflicts are primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan but the issues are universal.
Presented are five projects by four accomplished and award-winning photographers, two men and two women: Samantha Appleton, Vincent Cianni, Ashley Gilbertson, and Stephanie Sinclair. Select important historic war photographs by Dmitri Baltermants, Robert Capa, Werner Bischof, Wayne Miller, and others will also be exhibited to provide a context for the current conflicts.

Vincent Cianni shares works from his ongoing project, “Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me”. This oral history and photographic project documents gay and lesbian service members and veterans from World War II to the present and is based on their experiences in the military and the effects that “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” had on their careers and lives. Cianni is an award-winning documentary photographer and educator. Cianni’s work explores community and memory, the human condition, and the use of image, word and text. His photo essay, We Skate Hardcore, (published by NYC Press and the Center for Documentary Studies 2004 ) was awarded the American Association of University Presses’ Best Book design. His photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally and a major survey of his work was exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York in 2006. With some eighty portraits and profiles already recorded, the body of work presents a powerful indictment of entrenched military policies and protocols over the last half century.

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