Where the Past Is Present and the Arts Are Alive

Picturing the Civil War


August 27 – December 31, 2012
Catherine W. Jones McKann Center, Document Gallery

Picturing the Civil War is a new sesquicentennial exhibit that looks at visual arts depictions of the Civil War in Fredericksburg.  This exhibit debuts several pieces from the Museums’ collection and explores how the visual arts served both commercial and emotional purposes following the conflict.  This exhibit displays a number of photographs and artworks that are far from the usual depiction of empty battlefields and ruined cities.Often moving and sometimes bizarre, these  pieces illustrate the various ways in which photographers–whose genre had only recently come of age–documented the war and its aftermath.