Sharing ‘Forgotten Wars & Flowers’

Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Art Gallery
900 Wood Road, Kenosha  WI  53144

Opening on October 26th, Forgotten Wars & Flowers features solo and collaborative projects by artist, activist, and Iraq War veteran Aaron Hughes. The exhibition brings together works from the past decade that seek to bridge cultural divides and find moments of shared humanity and beauty amidst, and despite, the ongoing “Global War on Terror.” Central to the exhibition is the Tea Project, a collaboration with Amber Ginsburg consisting of works on paper, a large scale ceramic installation, and intimate performances and dialogues hosted over cups of tea. Inspired by accounts of Guantanamo Bay detainees drawing flowers on Styrofoam cups, Hughes and Ginsburg created 779 porcelain cast Styrofoam cups, one for each individual detained at Guantanamo since 2001.

During the related performances these teacups are taken out of display and used by guests as Hughes weaves the ritual and communal aspects of preparing and serving tea with stories of detention, love, and war.

Wed. Oct. 26th, 2:00 pm: Free Artists Talk with Hughes and Ginsburg

Wed. Oct. 26th, 5:00-7:15 pm: Free opening reception. Meet the artists while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. 


Tea Project performance, Thursday Nov. 10th, 1:15 pm and 5:15 pm

Free but space is limited. Email to RSVP


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