Press preview for new exhibition “The Civil War and American Art”
Thursday, November 15, 2012 – 11:00am – 1:00pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Enter at Eighth and G streets N.W.
“The Civil War and American Art” is the only major exhibition that examines how America’s artists represented the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath as part of the war’s 150th anniversary commemoration. Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, Frederic Church and Sanford Gifford—four of America’s finest artists of the era—anchor the exhibition. The exhibition will include 76 works—58 paintings and 18 vintage photographs. The artworks were chosen for their aesthetic power in conveying the intense emotions of the period. The exhibition also includes battlefield photography, which carried the gruesome burden of documenting the carnage and destruction. The visceral and immediate impact of these images by Alexander Gardner, Timothy H. O’Sullivan and George Barnard freed the fine arts to explore the deeper significance of the Civil War rather than chronicle each battle. The exhibition is on view from Nov. 16 through April, 28, 2013.
Interested media should RSVP to AmericanArtPressOffice@si.edu. Photographers and film crews must contact the office in advance to make arrangements.
Requests for one-on-one interviews with Broun and Harvey must be made in advance with Laura Baptiste by email at email@example.com.
Information about the exhibition is available in an online press kit, americanart.si.edu/pr/kits/#/civilwar.
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