Past Exhibitions

The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues

October 14, 2011 - April 15, 2012

Between 1861 and 1865, Americans engaged in wrenching warfare, pitted against each other on their own soil. This lengthy conflict shaped the country that we are today. Now one hundred and fifty years later, The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues offers a new perspective on this divisive event. Featuring historical and contemporary paintings, prints, photographs, and video drawn from the Addison's collection, this exhibition explores different points of view regarding this ongoing and evolving narrative. From Alexander Gardner’s and Winslow Homer’s eyewitness accounts to works by living artists such as Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker, The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues reexamines the realities and fictions of this war, its haunting memories, and its lasting effect on American culture.