Now on view at The Morgan Library & Museum, Anne Morgan’s War: Rebuilding Devastated France, 1917-1924.
This exhibition brings to life the extraordinary work undertaken by a small team of American women volunteers who left comfortable lives in the United States to devote themselves to relief work in France during and after World War I. Their dynamic leader was Anne Morgan (1873–1952), a daughter of the financier Pierpont Morgan. As she rallied potential volunteers and donors on speaking tours across the United States, Morgan harnessed the power of documentary photography to foster a humanitarian response to the plight of French refugees.
Anne Morgan’s War runs to November 21, 2010. Complementing the show is a terrific online component containing many of the haunting photographs and short films. Above is a short film detailing “Life in the Zone Rouge” from the online exhibition.