The Civil War and American Art

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The Civil War and American ArtCo-sponsored by Maine Historical Society and Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Speaker: Eleanor Jones Harvey, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Mark your calendars for a very special Civil War program at Bowdoin College's Kresge Auditorium this fall. Maine Historical Society is pleased to partner with Bowdoin to present a talk by Smithsonian Curator Eleanor Jones Harvey, whose acclaimed exhibition, “The Civil War and American Art” is now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The exhibition opened in late 2012 at the Smithsonian to high praise. It examines how America's artists—such as Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, and Frederic Church—represented the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath. The New York Times calls it a “gripping show… that sheds light on how the nation experienced its fratricidal conflict.”

  • Harvey's book, The Civil War and American Art, which serves as an exhibition catalog,
  • may be purchased at the MHS Museum Store or the Museum Store Online at