Nina Talbot: Veterans
March 16 to August 24, 2014

The series of paintings Veterans conveys rarely told personal stories of American men and women from the U.S. Military. The paintings, interviews conducted by the artist, and the accompanying stories by Sophie Rand convey the pressing need for a civilian awareness of the realities and experiences of veterans from current and past generations. The ten paintings selected for this exhibition focus primarily on Bronx residents, including portraits of Leroy Archible and Carmen Rodriguez, who were instrumental in introducing Talbot to veterans in the Bronx. Archible, a Korean War Marine Veteran, is an activist in local Bronx politics and civic affairs, and provided leadership in raising funds in 2008 to renovate the Charlton –Thompson Memorial Garden in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, which is dedicated to two decorated African-American Korea veterans. Rodriguez, founder of the Military Women in Power group at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center, provides support to female veterans.

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