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Breakfast with the Curator “Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War”
April 21, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Educator and Manager, Statewide Programs and Exhibitions, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
This lecture explores the layered meanings and moods of 1860s American art as viewed against the poetry of Walt Whitman, one of America’s chief “scribes” of the war By juxtaposing the writings of Whitman with various landscapes and genre scenes by Conrad Wise Chapman, Frederic Church, Robert Duncanson, David Johnson, Winslow Homer, among others, Allison encourages a fresh understanding of America’s visual and verbal responses to the national crisis. The title refers to a line from from Whitman’s poem “As Toilsome I Wander’d Virginia’s Wood.” The talk will feature one of VMFA’s seminal works, Eastman Johnson’s A Ride for Liberty—The Fugitive Slaves, March 2, 1862.
This program is free and open to the public, but seating is often limited. Please RSVP to Tramia Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540.371.3037 x400. Thank you to Lewis Insurance Associates for sponsoring Breakfast with the Curator!