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August 29, 2013

150th anniversary of Civil War exhibition coming to Chicago

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CHICAGO —

Throughout the exhibition’s duration, the Terra Foundation and the Newberry will host a series of Civil War-related programs and events, including:

A Veterans’ Day salute to military spouses: The Newberry and the Terra Foundation welcome Chicago-area families who constitute today’s “Home Front.” The event includes brunch, a brief program, live Civil War-era music, and curator-guided tours of the exhibition.

This program is set for Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

“Conversations at the Newberry” with David Blight and Doug Wilson: To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Blight and Wilson will discuss the language and rhetoric of President Lincoln and Frederick Douglass Nov. 21.

Art History with John Davis: “Race and Battlefield: Seeing and Not Seeing the Civil War” will be presented Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.

Music of the Civil War: Performance of period music from exhibition with expert commentary March 1.

Additional programming includes monthly curator gallery talks and a series of related adult seminars. With the exception of the Veterans’ Day event, all programs are free and open to the public, and require no advance registration.

“Today, many Americans view war at a great distance, mediated by technology that makes it possible to avoid thinking about how war effects our daily lives,” said Newberry Vice President of Research and Academic Programs and exhibition co-curator Daniel Greene. “This was simply not the case for those who remained at home during the Civil War. This exhibition is designed to help visitors understand the enormous and lasting effect of the Civil War on those who experienced the war at home, as well as on the entire country.”

Book

In conjunction with the exhibition opening, the University of Chicago Press will publish a companion volume to “Home Front,” which will be the first book to explore the visual culture of a world far removed from the horror of war, yet intimately bound to it (http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/H/bo16302347.html). The book includes a foreword by award-winning Civil War scholar Adam Goodheart and essays by five humanities scholars, including exhibition co-curators Greene and Peter John Brownlee, associate curator at the Terra Foundation.

The other three book authors are: Sarah Burns, professor of art history emeritus, Indiana University, Bloomington; Diane Dillon, director of scholarly and undergraduate programs, the Newberry; and Scott Manning Stevens, director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, the Newberry.

For more information, visit www.newberry.org or www.teraaamericanart.org

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