The Civil War and Slavery's Shadow
This lecture will explore American artists' silence, and why it was that artists felt challenged by the topic of slavery both during and immeidately after the Civil War.
Professor of Art History, University of Virginia
In London in 1861, two paintings were exhibited that attacked American slavery head on. Meanwhile in New York, thorughout the course of the American Civil War and even after the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation, America's artists rarely commented on slavery in public exhibitions. This lecture will explore that silence and why it was that artists felt challenged by the topic of slavery both during and immediately after the Civil War.
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