The Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery features rotating exhibits that draw on the Museum’s own collections, as well as relevant traveling exhibits from leading institutions around the world.
Tom Lea: LIFE and World War II
Sponsored by The Woldenberg Foundation
Additional support provided by James III, Judy, and Jamey Clement
Special thanks to Adair Margo, the Tom Lea Institute and the US Army Center of Military History
June 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017
On view in the Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery
The Museum’s newest exhibit, Tom Lea:
LIFE and World War II
, opens June 24, 2016, and features 26 iconic pieces of original works from LIFE
war correspondent and artist Tom Lea. An El Paso, Texas, native, Lea covered many aspects of the war—experiencing convoy battles in the North Atlantic firsthand to hitting the beach at Peleliu in the Pacific with US Marines. In its June 11, 1945, issue, LIFE
devoted seven pages to Lea’s stark, visceral images of the Battle of Peleliu, including one of the most publicly recognizable artworks of the war: That 2,000 Yard Stare
, which shows a hollow-eyed US Marine conveying the often unseen psychological wounds of combat veterans. Supplementing the artwork—which is on loan from the US Army Center of Military History—will be interpretive text panels produced by the Museum with content provided by the Tom Lea Institute. Additional artifacts will include Lea’s drawing table, brushes, and easel on loan from the Tom Lea Institute, and sketches drawn by Lea on loan from the collection of Jamey Clement. Oral histories of Peleliu veterans collected by the Museum will also be featured. The collection will be on display until January 1, 2017.