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Effects of the Civil War on American Art

Friday, November 16, 2012
McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Approaching Thunder Storm

Martin Johnson Heade, Approaching Thunder Storm, 1859, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Erving Wolf Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Erving Wolf, in memory of Diane R. Wolf, 1975. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This symposium examines the impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on American landscape and genre painting, along with the period's new medium of photography. The program is free and open to the public, and is organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Civil War and American Art. For more information, contact AmericanArtPrograms[at] or (202) 633-8490.

The symposium will be webcast live and archived for future viewing.


Session 1 - Live webcast

10:05 – 10:10 a.m.
Greetings and Introduction
Virginia Mecklenburg, Chief Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

10:10 – 10:50 a.m.
Keynote—The Coming Storm: The Civil War and American Art
Eleanor Jones Harvey, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

10:55 – 11:35 a.m.
Seeing the Elephant: Photography and the American Civil War
Jeff Rosenheim, Curator in Charge of Photography, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

11:45 a.m. – Noon
Questions & Answers

Session 2 - Live webcast

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer's Civil War
Peter Wood, Emeritus Professor of History, Duke University

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
Race and Battlefield: Seeing and Not Seeing the Civil War
John Davis, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art, Smith College

Session 3 - Live webcast

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
The Civil War and Slavery's Shadow
Maurie McInnis, Professor of American Art and Material Culture, University of Virginia

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Winslow Homer's Croquet Pictures: Reflections of Loss and Absence
Randall Griffin, Professor of Art History, Southern Methodist University

4:50 – 5:15 p.m.
Questions and Answers

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This program is supported by the Smithsonian Institution's Consortium for Understanding the American Experience.