Remembered more often as a sculptor, Marshall M. Fredericks did serve his art, but also his country.
The Marshall M. Fredericks sculpture museum will feature an upcoming exhibition that shows the influence the war had on him and his art.
Fredericks was a veteran who served in the Pacific theater in India and China during World War II.
“Bringing in these connections with Marshall Fredericks will give us new context,” said archivist Melissa Ford. “We usually see him as a sculptor, but we’ll see how the war shaped him.”
The exhibition deals with memories of World War II using 126 black and white photographic reproductions from The Associated Press’s archives.
The museum tries to put on three exhibitions each year with some curated by the museum, some by Michigan artists, or some driven by humanities.
Ford said the museum tries to have all exhibitions to have some connections with the “Spirit of Detroit” sculptor.
“We wanted to highlight his role and service and bring an engaging topic to the community.”
About 200 reporters and photographers around the world covered World War II for The Associated Press, of which five lost their lives.
Seven won Pulitzer Prizes, including the photographer who snapped the famous Iwo Jima flag-raising photo, which will be on display.
Some images come from soldiers in the midst of battles.
“You can get more information on shots you have seen,” Ford said.
Guests can learn the photographer behind the photo and background information on the iconic and lesser known images from the war.
Ford believes iconic images such as this will draw in more members of the community.
“We’re hoping it’ll bring in a lot of veterans, but not just from World War II, but ones from our current conflict, too,” she said.
During its display, the museum will feature two guest speakers.
One will discuss the Great Lakes Bay Region and its war efforts on the home fronts. The lecture will feature industries such as ship building in Saginaw and Bay City.
The other speaker will discuss the Monuments Men, soldiers given the task of returning stolen artworks from the war.
The museum received a $12,500 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council to provide for traveling and shipping costs of the photographs.
This grant is one of 30 received by Michigan nonprofits. The council awarded $350,850 amongst the groups.
Friends of Theodore Roethke became another recipient of the grant for a program entitled “A Saginaw Celebration: The Life and Work of Theodore Roethke.”
The council works to foster a better understanding of each other and the state through local cultural, historical and literary experiences for all.
The museum received grants from the council in the past for exhibitions such as one on Detroit art and architecture from the 1920s and 1930s.
The WWII images, available through Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, will arrive at the University by Friday, Oct. 5 after they finish showing at Texas Tech University.
The World War II exhibition will run until Saturday, Jan. 19, while the museum prepares for another on American World’s Fairs.