Monday, November 14, 2011

Gallery Conversation, Nov 15 - The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues, with Christopher L. Jones

A discussion of current Addison exhibition "In The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues", with Christopher L. Jones, Phillips Academy Instructor in History and Social Science, and Jaime DeSimone, Addison Assistant Curator. The Gallery Conversation, free and open to the public, begins in the Museum Learning Center at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 15. For more information please call Jaime DeSimone at (978) 749-4038, or email

Below: Winslow Homer, The Army of the Potomac - A Sharp-Shooter on Picket Duty, 1862, wood engraving on wove paper, purchased as the gift of Warren P. Snyder (PA 1936)

Between 1861 and 1865, Americans engaged in wrenching warfare, pitted against each other on their own soil. This lengthy conflict shaped the country that we are today. Now one hundred and fifty years later, The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues offers a new perspective on this divisive event. Featuring historical and contemporary paintings, prints, photographs, and video drawn from the Addison's collection, this exhibition explores different points of view regarding this ongoing and evolving narrative. From Alexander Gardner’s and Winslow Homer’s eyewitness accounts to works by living artists such as Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker, The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues reexamines the realities and fictions of this war, its haunting memories, and its lasting effect on American culture. 

Below: Kara Walker, "National Archives Microfilm Publication M999 Roll 34: Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands: Six Miles from Springfield on the Franklin Road," 2009, video, purchased as the gift of Stephen C. Sherrill (PA 1971)

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