August 9, 2020

Event Coverage Highlight

Inescapable Truths: The James W. Foley Legacy & the Challenges of War Zone Reporting in the Middle East

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The Gallery Space at Wagner is pleased to launch its fifteenth season with the opening of Inescapable Truths: Work in Progress, the Spring 2020 exhibition. It features selections from Bradley McCallum’s nationally acclaimed series of mixed media paintings based on previously unpublished source materials from the late James Foley. The artist conceived this project “as a counter narrative to the violence and impunity associated in the mass media with Mr. Foley’s heroic and untimely death.”

The exhibit is the catalyst for the panel discussion Inescapable Truths: The James W. Foley Legacy & the Challenges of War Zone Reporting in the Middle East. This important conversation will gather experts in the fields of fine arts, journalism, and philanthropy to explore such issues as freedom of the press, the pitfalls faced by the current generation of war-zone photojournalists, and the activist/journalist dynamic that defined James Foley’s career. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Bradley McCallum
    Featured Artist
  • Diane Foley
    President & Founder, the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation
  • Nicholas Mirzoeff
    Professor of Media, Culture & Communication, NYU Steinhardt
  • Amanda Rogers
    Photojournalist and Visiting Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Colgate University

James Tager, Deputy Director of Free Expression Research & Policy at PEN America, moderates.