Civil War and American Art Lecture
The Windham Foundation of Grafton, Vt., will host a lecture entitled ‘The Coming Storm: the Civil War and American Art,’ featuring the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s senior curator Eleanor Jones Harvey. The slide show lecture will showcase artwork included in the Museum’s 75-piece critically-acclaimed exhibition that recently concluded. The talk is free and open to the public and will be held in the White Church in Grafton on October 24 at 6:30.
As part of the war’s 150th anniversary commemoration, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, located in Washington, D.C., launched the only major exhibition that examines how America’s artists represented the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath.
The exhibition’s organizer Eleanor Jones Harvey, will present the lecture on the exhibition in Grafton. Her presentation will include a slide show that highlights the exhibition, including works by Frederic Church and Winslow Homer. A question and answer session will be held at the conclusion of Harvey’s talk.
According to Harvey, the lecture includes art chosen for their aesthetic power in conveying the intense emotions of the period, how the artists responded to a great national crisis and how it changed our ambition for America’s civilization. The landscapes and genre paintings in the exhibition gave voice to our highest ideals and deepest concerns during the war that has been called the ‘second American Revolution.’