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"Abraham Lincoln and the Power of Photography" lecture on October 2
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 NEWS - Press
10:00 AM Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Eleanor Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is unable to travel to Brunswick for her scheduled lecture at Bowdoin College on Wednesday.

In her place, Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and previously a curator of photographs at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, will speak on “Abraham Lincoln and the Power of Photography” on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the Maine Historical Society.

Though celebrated for many achievements – the Union victory in the Civil War, the emancipation of the slaves, and the preservation of the nation - Abraham Lincoln is noteworthy for the way he understood the centrality of images better than any politician of his day. Lincoln used images as an important means of communicating with the American public. In particular, he came to understand and embrace photography. Photography's introduction, and its impact, was in some ways akin to the introduction of the Internet in our day. Goodyear's lecture will use the many photographs of Lincoln to explore his relationship to this new medium.

Frank Goodyear's research focus includes the history of photography, American art history, and the history of the American West. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and is the author of four books.

The lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “This Mighty Scourge of War:” Art of the American Civil War, curated by Frank Goodyear and currently on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The Civil War tore the nation apart and in the process reshaped the contours of American life. The exhibition brings together paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs from the collection of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art that highlight the artistic response to the war