Jane Irish’s new show War Is Not What You Think will be up until March 29 at La Salle University Art Museum and at the Connelly Library. Jane collaborated with John Baky’s collection Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War.
She painted watercolors and fired vases illustrating poets from the collection such as David Connolly and Philadelphia’s own John Balaban and W.D. Ehrhart. Her collaborations with Bill and David evoke the Viet Nam Veterans Against the War, subjects of her 2005 show Operation Rapid American Withdrawal.
Director John Baky started the collection thirty years ago as a librarian. He had served as a military policeman in Viet Nam.
He has steadily collected the range of the American imagination of that other country. Jane’s show includes a display of Connelly holdings with research products.
War is not what you think. It is what many other people think, the reality of whose fantasies Jane and John display.