Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer’s Civil War — Veterans Day Lecture by Peter H. Wood

November 11, 2011
Friday, 6 p.m.
Farnsworth Auditorium
In honor of Veterans Day, the Farnsworth invites historian Peter H. Wood to discuss one of Winslow Homer’s most striking paintings, a wartime image of an enslaved black woman in Georgia. The painting disappeared for a century after its completion in 1866 and its revealing original title, “Near Andersonville,” was not uncovered until 1987. This lecture will delve deeply into this forgotten picture for the first time, expanding our view of this great American artist and challenge American culture’s lingering reluctance to confront its own painful past. By integrating art and history, Wood will give a fresh and provocative vantage point on Homer’s early career, the struggle to end slavery, and the closing years of the Civil War, when the outcome was far more doubtful than most people now realize. 
Peter H. Wood is a Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar living in Hillsborough, NC, who taught American history at Duke for over thirty years. He is the co-author, with Karen Dalton, of Winslow Homer’s Images of Blacks: The Civil War and Reconstruction Years
Seating: limited to 60 people
Cost: $10 members, $12 nonmembers
Peter H. Wood
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Price: $10.00
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