Join us Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m., for a lively evening of conversation, photo viewing, and connection on the newly expanded theme, Reflections on War and Patriotism, with guest presenter Hector Rene . A few slots are still available for members to also present their work related to the theme.
PRC Nights are evenings of conversation that are free and open to all. A guest host selects a theme and leads with a presentation of their work. PRC members have the opportunity to show their own work related to that night’s theme and to garner feedback. We provide some food and drink, and everyone is welcome to bring refreshments, too.
Find out more about PRC Nights here, including how to sign up to present your work and what to bring.
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
Artist Host: Hector Rene
Theme: Reflections on War and Patriotism
Location: Lunder Arts Center, Lower Level Room 005, 1801 Mass Ave, Porter Square, Cambridge. Paid parking is available on the street and in the parking lot behind University Hall (accessed from Roseland Street).
ABOUT THE NIGHT: The words war and patriotism conjure immediate images in our minds, ones that vary from person to person and morph into a series of mental vignettes. For this Night, Hector Rene explores the objects and events at the periphery of war to “describe a less-discernible national identity and foreign policy…to reveal how American patriotism materializes on the sides of beer cans at NFL games.” What directions do your photographic reflections take on the subjects of war and patriotism? Conflict? Non combatants? Those who wait who also serve? Aftermath? Run-up? Show us your Reflections on War and Patriotism in this Night.
ABOUT THE HOST: Hector René Membreno-Canales was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and raised in Allentown Pennsylvania. He’s served more than 10 years in the U.S. Army as a Press Officer, with several international posts, including Iraq, El Salvador, and Poland. He continues to work as an educator, photographer, and visual artist. He is a contributor at Military News & Culture site Task & Purpose, and faculty member of the Art Dept. at Phillips-Academy, Andover.
After serving in Iraq he used the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill to move to New York City to study photography at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and earn his MFA from the Deptartent of Art & Art History at Hunter College, The City University of New York. As a student, Hector interned at Stephen Mallon Films, Magnum Foundation, The Museum of Modern Art, and Hank Willis-Thomas’ Studio.
Hector’s work explores official histories, American patriotism, and the so-called Military-Industrial Complex. His photographs have been featured and reviewed by The New York Times, CNN, The Columbia Journalism Review, Reuters, L’Oeil de la Photographie, aCurator, and The New Republic. His artworks have been exhibited and collected by museums and galleries both in the United States and internationally.