Exhibition Dates: March 7 – May 24, 2014
Dueling Visions of Liberty: Depictions of the American Civil War presents the diverse political, regional, and racial viewpoints expressed during the American Civil War through art. The exhibit will feature a variety of artistic medium including contemporary paintings, lithographs from news journals, sculptures, photographs, and other period artifacts to represent the viewpoints of those who fought, stayed behind to defend their homes, and those that were neutral witnesses to the conflict.
The exhibition, curated by Charles Chamberlain of Historia, draws from artworks found in museums and private collections across Louisiana and Mississippi. As a southern state, Louisiana has a rich trove of artwork and memorabilia that reflect its Confederate history, as well as artwork that conveys a pro-Union viewpoint.
As Alexandria commemorates the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Red River Campaign, this exhibition provides an opportunity to remember the conflict and the rich, historical legacy reflected in diverse artworks from the region.