April 9 Late 'til 8 - The Graham and Sally Lusk Lecture
Program begins at 6:30 PM; Cash bar opens at 5:00 PM

Joslyn presents the Graham and Sally Lusk Annual Lecture
“The Coming Storm: The Civil War and American Art”
with Eleanor Jones Harvey, Ph.D.


Program is free and open to the public. Lecture begins at 6:30 pm in the Witherspoon Concert Hall; cash bar opens at 5:00 pm in the Storz Fountain Court.


Eleanor Harvey will examine the impact of the Civil War on American art, looking to photography and genre painting as a way of understanding the human cost of war, and landscapes as an emotional barometer for the nation’s psyche during this turbulent period. Dr. Harvey grounds her discussion in the voices of the period: in the poems, speeches, sermons, and letters written by leading literary figures and common men and women who, like the artists, witnessed the conflict at first hand.

Eleanor Jones Harvey is senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She earned a B.A. with distinction in art history from the University of Virginia (1983), and earned an M.A. (1985) and Ph.D. (1998) in the history of art from Yale University. Eleanor served as the Museum’s Chief Curator from 2003-2012, overseeing the museum’s curatorial and conservation staffs and its acquisitions and collections programs. Her most recent project was the widely-praised exhibition The Civil War and American Art, which was on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2012-2013 and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in the summer of 2013. The accompanying book won the Southeastern Book Festival Award for Best Art or Photography Book for 2012, and the Smithsonian Secretary’s Distinguished Research Award for 2014.

The Graham and Sally Lusk Annual Lecture
invites distinguished speakers--acclaimed artists, scholars, and visionary thinkers in the field of art and creativity--to engage and inspire audiences who wish to better understand and appreciate art from around the world and throughout time. The series was created through an estate gift from Graham Lusk, Ph.D., and honors both Graham and Sally's commitment to the Museum.

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Image: Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910), Trooper Meditating Beside a Grave, ca. 1865, oil on canvas. Gift of Dr. Harold Gifford and Ann Gifford Forbes, 1960.298.