Collectively, these images provide the most profound, and the most casual, portrait of small town America. Drawing on more than 200 works from the superb Civil War collections at the Huntington Library, many never published before, A Strange and Fearful Interest explores how photography and other media were used to describe, explain and perhaps come to terms with a national trauma on an unprecedented scale. Jennifer Watts, Steve Roden, Barret Oliver Authors The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens April 28, 2015 The American Civil War claimed the lives of 750,000 Americans. For the first time, the country required a national cemetery. Text by Urs Stahel, Francesco Zanot, Camiel van Winkel. Even the nature of the conflict remained undefined.
The volume focuses on the Battle of Antietam not only the bloodiest day in the nation's history, but also the first in which photographs of American battlefield dead were made ; the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the national mourning that ensued and the execution of the conspirators; and the establishment of Gettysburg National Monument as part of larger attempts at reconciliation and healing. Gift Cards, Seasonal, Clearance, Calendars, Used, Worn, Food, Teas, and Estate and Trunk Show Merchandise are Non-Returnable. Can a good cause unleash so much evil in the world? The Civil War had been raging for two years and the Battle of Gettysburg July 1—3, 1863 had claimed 50,000 lives. Buehler collected these items at the close of the war and made them into a curiosity cabinet that official Gettysburg photographer William H. Whether a glimpse of a car passing through a flooded alley or a solitary crossing guard at her post, nothing, absolutely nothing happens in these photos.
Etched in glass, the work is shimmering and beautiful but also disturbing. The North struggled to determine whether it was a domestic insurrection or a full-blown war. In an , A Just Cause: Voices of the American Civil War, I was profoundly moved by the modest appearance of a single-page letter from Lincoln to General Grant and written by the president's own hand. The coup de grace delivered to the Confederacy came from repeating rifles issued to Union troops, an innovation that increased exponentially the murderousness of combat. In the first, they are standing on the gallows with nooses around their necks, waiting for execution; in the second, their bodies sway in the wind. The demanding nature of the process makes it a captivating one to witness, especially in an era of instantaneous image-making.
The Huntington Library, in San Marino, with its Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, provided exactly the kind of respite that I needed. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, The Huntington has held a number of commemorative events, including exhibitions, conferences, and lectures. Drawing on more than 200 works from the superb Civil War collections at the Huntington Library, many never published before, A Strange and Fearful Interest explores how photography and other media were used to describe, explain and perhaps come to terms with a national trauma on an unprecedented scale. Such photographs sold briskly throughout the war, as the Huntington acknowledges by displaying album pages of them. Merchandise may be returned to the Huntington Store during regular store hours with an original receipt. It is solely for informational purposes.
Some of the highlights include the letter Robert E. The museum was designed by Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid and the building has received rave reviews. Museums throughout the United States have been planning exhibitions to celebrate the sesquicentennial. The show takes its title from the letter of April 30, 1864, where Lincoln bids farewell to Ulysses S. Her figures are presented as black silhouettes that stand out sharply against a white background. But if you take a deep breath and allow yourself the luxury of slowing down, then Eggleston's photos will start to whisper, and maybe even sing to you their irresistible songs.
What I found particularly moving was that, instead of delivering an academic lecture, the exhibition gave me an immediate emotional connection with one of the most painful chapters in American history. On this day 151 years ago, Lincoln showed an uncanny sense for which words would best soothe a rattled nation. Death and mourning defined the four wrenching years between 1861 and 1865, leaving an indelible imprint on the nation at large. This exhibition, is an impressive presentation of original documents and artifacts relating to our nation's formative early years. At the same time, we knew that also bringing out some of our manuscript material could provide important narrative context.
The exhibition title is drawn from Oliver, Sr. For example, his iconic work Lotus 2007 takes a key symbol of Buddhism, the lotus flower, but imprints on each petal a diagram of a slave ship. None of these exhibitions follows a strict chronology of the war—as from Antietam, to Gettysburg, to Cold Harbor. Besides being the public acknowledgement of the shocking human toll the war took, photography provided the private mementos that soldiers and their families cherished—the pictures of themselves that men left behind or of their wives and children that they carried into battle tucked inside their uniforms. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. Photography, on the other hand, contained the dialectically opposed realities of the war. It has only around half the visitors each year that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or the Getty does, and—the unique aspect—the Huntington seems content with that.
International order recipients are responsible for paying duties and taxes on items. Text by Charlotte Cotton, Okqui Enwezor, Walter Guadagnini, Thomas Weski, Francesco Zanot. Drawn from the museum's extensive collections, this exhibition concentrates on rare and little known photographs documenting the Civil War, which cost the nation the lives of three quarters of a million people. Pick Up In Store: We offer in store pick up for your convenience. Eckert, the head of the United States Military Telegraph.