Salmagundi Art Club of New York


The Ghost Army of World War II: Documentary Film Screening
Parlor, June 18, 2015


“The Ghost Army of World War II” Documentary Film Screening, & Panel Discussion with the Filmmaker plus Two Ghost Army  Veterans.
Thursday, June 18th, 7:00 pm
Admission; $10/SCNY members: Free
"A World War II combat movie...taken over by a Looney Tunes cartoon.”
-The Boston Globe

On Thursday, June 18 at 7 PM there will be a screening of documentary film, “The Ghost Army of World War II”  It will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and co-curator, Rick Beyer, co-curator Elizabeth Sayles, and two Ghost Army veterans whose art is part of the exhibit: John Jarvie and Jack Masey. 

There will also be an opportunity to purchase the new book “The Ghost Army of World War II” by Rick Beyer & Elizabeth Sayles.

The documentary film, which premiered on PBS in 2013, tells the story of the men behind this landmark art exhibit at the Salamagundi Club.

The film tells the true story of a unique deception unit of the U.S. Army during WWII, loaded with artists, who were  were shipped off to Europe with Inflatable tanks, fake artillery, sound trucks, and other special effects. Their mission was to fool the Germans as to the size and location of actual U.S. fighting forces.  The 1100 men of the Ghost Army could impersonate  battalions many times larger than their own.  The artists in the unit, who included Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kelly, Art Kane and Arthur Singer, also brought along their sketchbooks and art supplies . Using smoke and mirrors they befuddled the German Army, but on their own time they painted and sketched their way across war-torn Europe, providing us with a unique glimpse of the war.

"Fascinating, detailed and oddly delightful"
-LA Times

"Argo meets der Fuhrer”
-TV Guide 

For more information on the exhibiton, Click HERE
Opening reception and book signing, Sunday, June 14 (Flag Day), 2-4 pm.

This exhibit is made possible through the support of Richard and Kathryn Kimball.


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