World War II Film Series Planned

In conjunction with its current exhibition, Carl Hall: World War II Drawings, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will present a free three-part film series on World War II.

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, "Island Hopping: The Road Back and Jungle Warfare: New Guinea to Burma" will be shown. On Tuesday, Sept. 28, "Air War in the Pacific and Bloody Ridge of Peleliu" will be presented. Finally, on Oct. 12, "Return to the Philippines and Okinawa: The Last Battle" will be shown. The films will be shown in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall beginning at 7 pm.

The films are from the History Channel's epic television series, "World War II: The War Chronicles." Combining graphic combat footage and expert commentary, the series provides a commanding view of the battles and strategy, the men and machines, and the horror and heroism that marked this epic conflict. The Museum's three-part series attempts to place Hall's drawings into the broader context of the War in the Pacific.

Hall (1921-1996), who taught for many years at Willamette, was a combat soldier during World War II and saw action on Leyte Island in the Philippines and on Okinawa.

Carl Hall: World War II Drawings is timed to coincide with World Views, the freshman interdisciplinary course that emphasizes critical thinking, comparative analysis, and writing and whose current focus is on war and peace. Future exhibitions tied to World Views will feature glass sculptures by California artist and Vietnam vet Michael Aschenbrenner in 2005 and a 2006 installation by Georgia artist Nancy Floyd, who lost her brother in Vietnam in 1969.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day.

For further information, please call 503-370-6855.