Posts belonging to Category 'Arts'

After visit to Gettysburg, artist shifts his work to depictions of Civil War scenes

Artist Aaron Chandler knows firsthand how a single experience or moment in time can have the power to change one’s life work forever.
That moment for Chandler came several years ago when he made his first visit to the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania.

N.C. Wyeth: Picturing the Blue and the Gray

Acclaimed historian Shelby Foote insisted that any true understanding of American history, and thus of America, must be rooted in an understanding of the Civil War.
For Foote and scores of history buffs, often it was the power of pictures that helped trigger their curiosity. Soldiers marching up against a shower of shot and shell, seeing [...]

Why American art museums are reluctant to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War

150 years ago this month, seven Southern states seceded from the Union, igniting the American Civil War. A defining event in US history, it lasted four years, claimed nearly a million lives, and led to the abolition of slavery. Yet despite its impact even today, there is no major art exhibition planned in the US [...]

‘The Whipping Man’ Marks Playwright’s Strong Debut

The Civil War officially ended when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865. A brash new play from a playwright making his New York debut puts the day of reckoning a little later.
Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man” explores what freedom, religion and family means for a returning Confederate soldier and his former slaves [...]

10 Best Civil War Films

The 10 best Civil War films show the reasons behind the war, its devastation and the state of the U.S. once fighting ceased. These films provide a glimpse of the far-reaching effects of the war and what normal citizens were required to do to survive the war that pitted brother against brother and friend against [...]

Robert Redford’s Civil War ‘Conspirator’ teases trailer

We have been tracking Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” since witnessing its debut at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Lionsgate and Roadside acquired the historical drama at TIFF, and plans an April release. But this morning, you get your first extended look at the film’s trailer.
Redford’s “Conspirator” stars James McAvoy as Civil War attorney Frederick [...]

Whipping Man, Civil War Drama With a Twist, Makes NYC Debut; Andre Braugher Stars

The Whipping Man, Matthew Lopez’s historical drama about a Confederate Jewish solider returning home to his former slaves, who are also Jewish, gets its New York City premiere starting Jan. 13.
Doug Hughes directs the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Off-Broadway production at New York City Center Stage I. Opening night is Feb. 1.

Area Civil War documentary to air on Ozarks Public Television

Area residents next month may find some history of note from their own backyard with the Ozarks Public Television premiere of “Civil War Battle of Newtonia.”
Using historical photographs and re-enactment scenes shot last May at the Newtonia location, the film documents the often overlooked battle that took place in September 1862.

Carl Edwards to appear in HBO miniseries ‘To Appomattox’

Ever wondered what Carl Edwards would look like dressed up as a Civil War general? Well, if you have — and don’t pretend that you haven’t — you’re in luck.
Edwards is scheduled to be Confederate General John B. Gordon in the HBO miniseries “To Appomattox.” The miniseries’ site says that it’s in negotiation with more [...]

AMC Rolling with Hell on Wheels

With Breaking Bad and Mad Men collecting awards hardware and The Walking Dead smashing ratings records, AMC is not letting up. Today, it announced that it is picking up to series Hell on Wheels, a Western about an ex-Confederate soldier after the Civil War who heads west to work on the Transcontinental Railroad and seek [...]