The Civil War and American Art Exhibit at The Met

A good reason to play hooky me thinks.

This major loan exhibition will explore how American artists responded to the Civil War and its aftermath. The exhibition follows the trajectory of the conflict: from the palpable unease on the eve of war to the heady optimism that it would be over with a single battle, to the growing realization that this conflict would not end quickly, to grappling with the issues surrounding emancipation, the need for reconciliation as the war ended, and the uncertainty about how to put the country back together in its wake. It will feature some of the finest works made by leading figure painters such as Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson, landscape painters such as Sanford R. Gifford and Frederic E. Church, and photographers such as Mathew Brady and George Barnard. The exhibition at the Metropolitan coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863) and the New York City Draft Riots (July 13–16, 1863), violent disturbances that made New Yorkers more painfully aware than ever before of the war and its implications.

Sanford Robinson Gifford (American, 1823–1880). The Camp of the Seventh Regiment near Frederick, Maryland, 1863 (detail), 1864. Oil on canvas; 18 x 30 in. New York State Military Museum, New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, Saratoga Springs, NY (L[masked])

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  • Lisa J.

    Great Exhibit...worth the trip! I had an excellent time with my fellow Met patrons. :)

    1 · May 30, 2013

    • Carole M.

      Lisa, I apologize for getting to the exhibit late. I tried to text you, but I did not hear back from you. I do not think the text went through because a quick message flashed on my phone saying that I did not have the proper capability. I do not know exactly because the message went by so fast. I have texted before on this cell phone, an older model, so I do not know what went wrong. Since I could not locate you and the group, I walked through some of the exhibit and then I wandered through the museum until they closed. I am sorry that I missed you.

      May 30, 2013

  • Lisa J.

    I am looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow. We will meet at the information booth in The Great Hall at 1:00 and then head to the exhibit together. 2 things of note: Fisrt, in case you didn't know the admission fee is a "suggested" donation, so you can pay what you like from as little as $1. Second, to make sure this was affordable, we are not registered as a group so please do not ask the information clerk or ticket agent about the meetup. I can be reached tomorrow by text at[masked]-5472. See you there!

    May 27, 2013

    • Katanni

      Hi lisa. Just called but it doesn't appear to be your number? Walking across central park now

      May 28, 2013

    • Lisa J.

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      May 28, 2013

  • Anne V.

    All, I'm running hopelessly late and I won't be able to make it. Hopefully next time.

    May 28, 2013

  • Steven M.

    Sorry cant make it, there was a last minute change up at work and I can't play hooky tomorrow:(

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How are we going to find each other?

    May 27, 2013

  • Carole M.

    What is the best way to get to the Met from the Port Authority Bus Terminal?

    March 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Are you driving or taking public transportation?

      May 27, 2013

  • Anne V.

    Very excited!

    May 27, 2013

  • Steven M.

    I'll be taking the train from the Princeton area; so I'm open to meeting at NY Penn for the trip up to the Met

    May 17, 2013

  • Steven M.

    Sounds great!

    May 17, 2013

  • Katanni

    Does anyone want to meet at Newark Penn Station and go as a group? I'm leaving from Union but I have to transfer in Newark. Let me know!

    May 15, 2013

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