CHICAGO — “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North”
Sept. 27 through March 24
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War and in conjunction with the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Newberry Library will mount “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North,” an exhibition of more than 100 items that focuses on the enormous, and costly, effect the war had on civilians.
Highlights of the exhibition include paintings by Winslow Homer, Frederic E. Church and other American artists of the period; first editions by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Louisa May Alcott; sheet music from Chicago-based music publishers Root and Cady; and magazine illustrations that depict the changing roles of women and children who supported the war effort.
“Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North” is co-organized by the Newberry and the Terra Foundation for American Art. The exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.
“We’re pleased to partner with the Newberry on this exhibition examining the domestic side of life during the Civil War, an aspect of the era which generally receives less attention than the battlefields,” said Terra Foundation for American Art President and Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Glassman. “Innovative projects like ‘Home Front’ are crucial to our mission of fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States.”
“Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North” will be open from Sept. 27 through March 24, 2014, making it one of the longest running exhibitions in the Newberry’s 126-year history.
The exhibition will comprehensively examine the culture of the Northern home front through visual materials that illustrate the war’s influence on household and the cotton economies; the ways in which the absence of young men from the home changed daily life; how war relief work linked home fronts and battle fronts; why Indians on the frontier were pushed out of the riven nation’s consciousness during the war years; and how wartime landscape paintings illuminated the nation’s past, present and future.