Beautiful and Deadly: The Arts of War

Public Lecture by Steven A. LeBlanc

Arts of War Exhibition Curator

6:00 PM Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138).  Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures, the related exhibition in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, will remain open until 9:00 pm following the lecture. Free and open to the public.

Carved wood club with whale teeth, possibly Tlingit, Western Canada.  PM 14-27-10/85889.

In societies around the globe, the practice of war has historically gone hand-in-hand with a passion for beautifying the objects used to wage it. Which weapons are people most likely to decorate? How do cultures differ in the techniques and degree to which they embellish war objects? Why are some weapons transformed almost beyond recognition into dramatic cultural icons? Drawing on examples from the Peabody Museum’s extraordinary collections featured in the new exhibition, Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures, Steven LeBlanc will explore the penchant for turning weapons into works of art.

Directions and parking Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage starting at 5:00 pm. Public information: 617-496-1027.