The Soldier's Experience Through The Lens Of Art | KCUR

The Soldier's Experience Through The Lens Of Art

Jan 27, 2015

Suzanne Opton, "Soldier Birkholz: 353 Days in Iraq, 205 Days in Afghanistan," 2004. Courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Credit Suzanne Opton / The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

In the photograph, a young soldier with a downy blond buzz-cut lies perfectly still, face down on the ground. On stage, an ancient Greek warrior goes through the four stages of events that lead to post-traumatic stress.

The arts community is asking big questions about the life of the soldier. What role does art play in public discourse around combat?


  • April Watson, curator, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Edward Matheny, dramaturg, Kansas City Repertory Theatre
  • Joseph Burks, veteran of American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, public relations officer, Kansas City Veterans Hospital