The Unfinished Exhibition: Visualizing Myth, Memory, and the by Susanna W. Gold

By Susanna W. Gold

The Centennial decade was once an period of ambivalence, the us nonetheless unresolved concerning the incomprehensible harm it had wrought over 4 years of Civil struggle, and why. Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition -- a awesome foreign occasion celebrating 100 years of yankee energy, harmony, and freedom -- happened within the fast wake of this trauma of conflict and the disasters of Reconstruction as a method to revive strength and patriotism within the nation’s fight to rebuild itself. The Unfinished Exhibition, the 1st complete exam of yankee artwork on the Centennial, explains the severe position of visible tradition in negotiating stories of the nation’s previous that conflicted with the optimism that Exhibition officers promoted. aiding novel iconographical interpretations with myriad basic resource fabric, writer Susanna W. Gold demonstrates how the artwork galleries and the audiences who visited them addressed the lingering traumas of conflict, the uneasy re-unification of North and South, and the persisting racial tensions within the post-Emancipation period. This cautious attention of the visible list exposes the complexities of the war’s effect on americans and clarifies how the Centennial paintings exhibition affected a state nonetheless discovering its path at a severe second in its history.

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