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Exhibition Lecture and Book Signing with Author Lois Leveen

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Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery
Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.

April 3, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, is proud to present a body of original, Civil War drawings from the Becker Collection at Boston College. The Becker Collection contains over six hundred previously unexhibited and undocumented drawings by American artist Joseph Becker  and his colleagues – nineteenth-century artists who worked as artist-reporters for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper during the Civil War.

Lois Leveen, the celebrated author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser will discusses women, race, and the Civil War, in response to the drawings from the Becker Collection.

At a time when photography could only capture staged or still moments, the Special Artists risked their lives in order to witness history as it unfolded around them. The drawings in the Becker Collection depict many of the Civil War’s defining moments and rituals. Having survived the vagaries of battle, travel, and editorial whim, they are among the era’s most informative artifacts.

As the United States observes the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, these remarkable works of art provide invaluable insight into the contributions that nineteenth-century pictorial artists made to the development of American journalism, and the history of American art.