Military Art: Civil War

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After Melville and Whitman: Contemporary Responses to the Civil War, an exhibit held April 9 - July 4, 2013 at Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. Includes online exhibit. Accessed August, 2015.

The Becker Collection Drawings of the American Civil War Era from Boston College including 14 biographies with artwork images, list of exhibitions and related resources. Accessed 2/19

Bold Cautious True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era, exhibited at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts June 2 - August 26, 2012. Accessed August, 2015.

Center for Civil War Photography website. Accessed August, 2015.

The Civil War and American Art, an exhibit held May 27-September 2, 2013 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Includes 33-minute online video "Paintings on the Battlefront and Home Front," by H. Barbara Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, American Wing. Accessed February, 2015.

The Civil War and American Art, an exhibit held November 16, 2012 - April 28, 2013 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes online video, podcast and press coverage. Accessed April, 2015.

Civil War Art from Accessed August, 2015.

Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection, an exhibit held January 15 to April 3, 2011 at University of Richmond Museums. Accessed February, 2015.

The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues, an exhibit held at the Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy October 14, 2011 - April 15, 2012. Accessed August, 2015.

"The coming storm: American landscape painting and the Civil War" By Eleanor Jones Harvey, from The Magazine Antiques. Accessed August, 2015.

Disunion! The American Civil War 150 Years Later, an exhibit held July 16 ­ December 11, 2011 at the Mead Art Museum. Includes checklist and press release. Accessed February, 2015

Kara Walker: Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) is a 2013 exhibit at Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College. Download the 14-page exhibit catalog published by Schmucker Art Gallery, with essay by Shannon Egan, Ph.D., Director, Schmucker Art Gallery, which says: "At this sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War marked by commemoration and critical reflection, Walker's own Pictorial History pictures the past as simultaneously grotesque and tragic, drolly exaggerated and painfully accurate, a discordant union that reverberates in the present tense." Accessed 10/16

A Photographic History of the Civil War in 10 Volumes E-book from Accessed August, 2015.

Photography and photographers of the American Civil War from Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Red Grooms: The Blue and the Grey was a 2016-17 exhibit at the Hudson River Museum. See article in Nashville Arts Magazine in "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" by Robert Hicks. Accessed 2/17  

Selected Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints from The Library of Congress. Accessed August, 2015.

Shades of Gray and Blue is a website containing elements relating to the visual arts in Civil War Tennessee including The Persistence of Memory: Commemorative Works of Art, from Vanderbilt University Libraries, Middle Tennessee State University Walker Library, and the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation. Accessed August, 2015.

STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time, curated by Jennifer Farrell, an exhibit about Civil War art held from January 25 - May 26, 2013 at The Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia. Texts include labels. Accessed August, 2015.

Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial, an exhibit held September 15, 2013 - January 20, 2014 at the National Gallery of Art. Includes 32:13 video, 12-page exhibit brochure and press materials. Accessed March, 2015.

Visualizing War is a 2012 exhibit at Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College, curated by Andrew Egbert, Natalie Sherif, and Alexandra Ward. Download the 23-page exhibit catalog published by Schmucker Art Gallery, with essays by the curators, who the Foreword says: "...have designed an experience that allows us to consider why these images resonated with such power for Civil War Americans. In doing so, they have shifted the gallery experience away from a truth-seeking mission, giving us instead a platform from which to move beyond questions of whether visual culture was realistic or not. They offer us a chance to explore the emotional and intellectual connections that sustained Americans long after the shouts and cheers in rushing to arms had faded." Accessed 10/16.

Wartime Security - Civil War Camera Shots from CCTV Camera Pros. Accessed August, 2015

Winslow Homer: Eyewitness is a 2019 exhibit at the Harvard Art Museums which says: "While in the field as an artist-correspondent, Homer developed habits of seeing and pictorial strategies that informed his work in other media. In addition to tracing these connections, this show explores broader questions that Homer's art raises about the responsibility of artists who work in periods riven by war and conflict."  Also see 9/21/19 coverage in National Review.  Accessed 3/20

Winslow Homer: Women and American Society During the Civil War Era is a 2019 exhibit at the Syacuse University Art Galleries which says: "He became very successful and during the Civil War, the popular magazine Harper's Weekly made him an artist correspondent tasked with illustrating various aspects of the conflict." Accessed 6/19 

Remembering the Battle of Gettysburg: The Civil War Art of Mort Künstler, video [4:29] from Comcast/Reading PA for an exhibit held April 26 - July 28, 2013 at the Reading Public Museum. Accessed August, 2015.

Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial, an exhibit held September 15, 2013 - January 20, 2014 at the National Gallery of Art. Includes 32:13 video. Accessed March, 2015.


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