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- From 31 Mon May 2013 to 31 Mon Sep 2013
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Civil War and American Art
Tuesday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.*
Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.*
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.*
Closed Monday (except Met Holiday Mondays), Thanksgiving Day, and December 25
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
New York, NY 10028
May 27–September 2, 2013
Accompanied by a catalogue and an Audio Guide
Galleries 964–965 & 955
This major loan exhibition considers how American artists responded to the Civil War and its aftermath. Landscapes and genre scenes—more than traditional history paintings—captured the war's impact on the American psyche. The works of art on display trace the trajectory of the conflict and express the intense emotions that it provoked: unease as war became inevitable, optimism that a single battle might end the struggle, growing realization that fighting would be prolonged, enthusiasm and worries alike surrounding emancipation, and concerns about how to reunify the nation after a period of grievous division. The exhibition proposes significant new readings of many familiar masterworks—some sixty paintings and eighteen photographs created between 1852 and 1877—including outstanding landscapes by Frederic E. Church and Sanford R. Gifford, paintings of life on the battlefront and the home front by Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson, and photographs by Timothy H. O'Sullivan and George N. Barnard. The exhibition at the Metropolitan coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863).
The exhibition is made possible by an anonymous foundation.
Additional support is provided by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund and
the Enterprise Holdings Endowment.
The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
It was organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.