A unique art exhibit featuring the work of Waverly area native Chris Wubbena will open Friday, Nov. 4, at Wartburg College.
“Speaking While Listening” utilizes multimedia to explore the consequences of war on individuals, families, communities and cultures. It grew out of a 2009 journey to Vietnam during which Wubbena and his parents, Edward and Carla Wubbena of Shell Rock, revisited areas where Ed served as a soldier during the Vietnam War.
The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 and runs through Dec. 15 at the Waldemar A. Schmidt Gallery in Bachman Fine Arts Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and admission is free.
Wubbena, an assistant professor of art at Southeast Missouri State University, will discuss key components of the exhibit in a gallery talk at the opening reception.
He and his father will participate in a panel discussion about their trip, the artwork and their thoughts on war at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Orchestra Hall of Bachman Fine Arts Center. Wartburg history professor Dr. Terry Lindell, who teaches a class on the Vietnam War, will serve as moderator.
Wubbena, whose specialty is sculpture, melds a variety of art forms in “Speaking While Listening” to create a sensory image of the Vietnam War and its effects on American and Vietnamese families.
“It could not be a sculpture on a pedestal or a painting on a wall. It had to be an experience, an exploration, a physical sorting-out of information and emotions,” Wubbena said. “Art can help us see past boundaries and differences, approach difficult issues and look for solutions in unconventional ways.”
Gallery director Scott Hudson notes that with Veterans Day approaching and U.S. servicemen and women currently deployed in two wars, “the themes in this exhibit take on special relevance.”