Continuing through May 31
Photographic Memory: Civil War Photographs Selected from UMBC's Special Collections
The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Photographic Memory: Civil War Photographs Selected from UMBC's Special Collections, on display from April 9 through May 31.
The American Civil War coincided with the early years of photography, and the images captured by the early practitioners of this art have helped to shape the memories of this central historical event. Photography in the mid-nineteenth century was best suited for posed and still subject matter, not fast moving action. Many of the photographers saw themselves as artists and wanted to produce artistic results while commemorating the events of the Civil War. Moreover, the photographers were in business to make a living in pursuit of images that the public would wish to purchase. This exhibition will explore the art and artifice of Civil War photography, while revealing something about the history of the Civil War as revealed through 75 select images from the Photography Collections of UMBC's Special Collections. The exhibition is co-curated by Tom Beck and Anne Sarah Rubin; presented by Emily Hauver, curator of exhibitions; and designed by Peggy Re.
The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 4 pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1 - 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270.
The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery and the Baltimore County Commission on the Arts and Sciences, as well as individual contributions.
Image: Untitled [Group Portrait]
George M. Bretz
Accession No. 73-02-345