Art Exhibition: Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection
January 31 – April 19, 2015
F. Schell, Scene on the Levee at Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Contrabands Discharge the Ammunition From the U.S. Transport North Star (detail), 1863. Becker Collection CW-FHS-LA-3_7_63
The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions
Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection is the first opportunity for many to see important works only recently documented as those of Joseph Becker and his fellow artists who were employed by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper in the 19th Century. The exhibition explores the role artists played as reporters, documentarians, and creators who translated with pencil and pad both the chaos and daily life of war. These artworks profoundly influenced the mass media and news outlets of the day at a time when photography was in its relative infancy.
The first-hand drawings selected for this exhibition, most of which have never been published, document in lively and specific ways key developments in the history of America as it struggled to establish its national identity. The exhibition contains over 85 original drawings, many made on battlefields and barracks amidst the maelstrom of the Civil War. It is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue published by the University of Chicago Press. The Museum’s presentation of these important works commemorates the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, emancipation, and the steps toward reunification of the nation. Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students. FREE children 5 and under, FREE Museum members.