Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Civil War at the Huntington

The 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War is being celebrated at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.  I just learned about The Huntington's exhibit "A Strange and Fearful Interest" that explains how "photography became a powerful tool of reporting and remembrance in the Civil War."

The following link will take you to the exhibit website so you can view the image galleries and learn about Civil War photography.  Please click on A Strange and Fearful Interest.

The site has two short videos: In the Usual Manner that explains Civil War photography and another Completely Silenced that comments on photographs made by Alexander Gardner after the 1862 Battle of Antietam.

The exhibition was assembled from more than 200 works in the Civil War Collection at the Huntington Library.

A compilation of Civil War music adds to the exhibit in the West Hall of the library.

The exhibit will be closing in early January. 

The exhibit has taken clues from Drew Gilpin Faust's 2008 best seller This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.

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