Anne Rubin, History, and Tom Beck, Library Gallery, to Discuss Civil War Photographs (4/17)

On April 17, Anne Rubin, associate professor of history, and Tom Beck, chief curator of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery and affiliate associate professor, visual arts, will discuss the gallery’s current exhibition, “The Photographer’s Eye: Civil War Photographs Selected from the UMBC Photography Collections.”

Rubin will discuss “Myth, Memory, and the American Civil War,” while Beck will speak about “Civil War Photography as Art and Historical Evidence.”  Their talk will take place at 4 p.m. in the Library Gallery.

The American Civil War coincided with the early years of photography, and the images captured by the early practitioners of this art have helped to shape the memories of this central historical event. Technological limitations, artistic aspirations and societal expectations strongly impacted the images produced by photographers “documenting” the events of the Civil War. This exhibition explores the art and artifice of Civil War photography, while revealing something about why each of the selected 81 images was produced. The exhibit runs through May 31.

The discussion is sponsored by the Library Gallery and the Department of History