Between the States: George Eastman House Photographs Headline Civil War Exhibitions at Fenimore

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Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum
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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Fenimore Art Museum presents Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War, opening April 1 and running through May 13.

Between the States presents a selection of well-known Civil War images by photographers such as George Barnard, Mathew Brady, and Alexander Gardner. Organized by the George Eastman House, the images dating from 1862 to 1900 include reproductions from original albumen prints, ambrotypes, cartes de visites, cabinet cards, and tintypes.

Photography played an important role in bringing the sobering reality of the American Civil War to the public. For the first time in history, photographers showed the dead that remained on battlefields, and publishers had the ability to reproduce these images in quantity.  An 1862 review of Mathew Brady's photographs in The New York Times stated, "If Brady has not brought bodies and laid them in our door-yards and along the streets, he has done something very like it."

Between the States is organized by the George Eastman House and gathers more than 120 images, including infamous prisons, sweeping battlefields, fortress interiors, and post-Civil War memorial sites. Portraits include Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Sojourner Truth, Tom Thumb, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, and Susan B. Anthony.

Ribbons, letters, tintypes and other historic items from New York's 121st regiment will also be on display.

Between the States is one of several exhibitions related to the Civil War this year at the Fenimore. Also opening April 1, Reclaiming Gettysburg: Kevin Gray's Modern Tintypes conveys a rich sense of nostalgia for a treasured and alluring American past.  Gray's tintype montages express his individual perspective of Gettysburg history using a modernized version of a photographic technique popularized and perfected during the Civil War.

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Exhibition Press Releases
Publication Date: 
February 2012