Fine Arts Industry

Jeff Gusky - Hidden World of WW1

The Hidden World of WWI is a collection of recent black-and-white photographs revealing the haunting presence of WWI underground cities and century-old surface remnants that make 100 years ago seem like yesterday. The collection includes thousands of photographs of a world frozen in time on battlefields and in forgotten underground rock quarries, adjacent to the front-line trenches, that were quickly transformed into modern underground cities complete with power plants, rail, telecommunications, housing, chapels, hospitals, and an abundance of art and handwritten inscriptions. This hidden world shows us how soldiers on both sides of the conflict held onto their humanness while modern mass destruction raged above ground. You can find samples of the collection at Follow The Hidden World of WWI on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter, where a new photograph will be revealed each day through 2019, the end of the WWI centenary.

Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed showcased extraordinary objects from Peru’s pre-Inca heritage, including gold ceremonial and funerary masks, textiles, ceremonial ornaments, ceramics and jewelry. In addition to providing visitors with the opportunity to get up close and personal with stunning examples of ancient craftsmanship, the exhibit also explained how the artifacts reflected the customs, beliefs and ideals of the cultures that produced and utilized them. A map and timeline of Peru’s earliest civilizations served as the starting point for museum visitors. The exhibition continued with the iconography, craftsmanship and ceremonial heritage of these complex societies. The Irving Arts Center is a department of the City of Irving and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. In 2013, the Arts Center hosted 1,715 events, including 186 performances and 24 exhibitions, and welcomed 111,358 visitors from 43 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, call 972-252-7558 or visit

The nationally-touring exhibit “Genghis Khan’s Mongolia: Life in the Greatest Empire,” ran June 1 through September 30, 2011 at the Irving Arts Center. The exhibit included over 200 rare treasures from 13th-century Mongolia--gold jewelry, textiles, weapons, ceramics, mummies, a large sculpture of a seated Genghis Khan, as well as an archeological “dig” area for kids. The exhibition launched with two major events: the “VIB (Very Important Barbarian)” private reception on May 31 and the family-friendly, first-look “Bring Your Horde” festival on June 5. Objects in the exhibit were assembled from museums in Mongolia and the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, including the new Princess Giant Mummy discovery. Attendees experienced life in 13th-century Mongolia, entering the tents, battlegrounds, and marketplaces of a vanished world. Interactive kiosks offered family-friendly activities. Also featured were live cultural performances by traditional Mongolian singers and musicians. The Irving Arts Center is a department of the City of Irving. The Arts Center became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2007 and is one of only 160 institutions nationwide to earn the honor. More than 135,000 visitors representing 28 states and 205 cities attend Arts Center events each year.