Terra Foundation-supported Events

Exhibition/Terra Collection Initiative: Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North

The American Civil War still occupies a prominent place in the national collective memory, yet books and art exhibitions have tended to focus on the war itself and its cultural impact. Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North, co-curated by the Terra Foundation’s Peter John Brownlee and Newberry Library’s Daniel Greene, concentrates instead on the Northern home front, juxtaposing an outstanding group of paintings from the Terra Foundation’s collection with a wealth of complementary material drawn from the Newberry Library’s collections, including popular prints, illustrated newspapers, photographs, maps, magazines, sheet music, fashion plates, letters, diaries, advertisements, and other ephemera.

The only major exhibition in Chicago devoted to the Civil War during its 150th anniversary, Home Front presents a constellation of objects that will open a new window onto a world far removed from the horror of war, yet intimately bound to it. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalog, a one-day scholarly symposium, and three public lectures featuring art and cultural historians and specialists in American literature, geography, and Native American studies.

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Lilly Martin Spencer, The Home of the Red, White and Blue, c. 1867‒1868, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2007.1