'Art of Real New York: The Civil War and its Aftermath' Webinar

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During the Civil War, art was not a priority — after all, people who might have purchased art needed to focus their funds on more basic needs. Only a handful of artists — notably Winslow Homer and John Rogers — could sustain themselves during the war years; their works offered compelling commentary on what life and war were like for ordinary people. This is the story of art created during one of the most tumultuous periods in American history — a story that addresses issues still familiar today.

Join New York Adventure Club for the seventh part of a multi-part series that explores the impact of art throughout NYC and beyond. In this part, we embark on an art-centric journey through subtle, often coded, depictions of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Led by Rena Tobey, American Art Historian and Professor at NYU’s School for Professional Studies, our artistic deep dive will include:

  • A look at the artistic sparks that clarified the causes culminating in war
  • An overview of art created during the Civil War period, including a struggling woman painter
  • A focus on two artists who became important reporters and interpreters — illustrator and painter Winslow Homer and sculptor John Rogers — who works teased out the complexities of attempting to reconcile irreconcilable differences
  • Understanding how New York City worked as a launching pad for art that revealed the dynamics and tensions of the 1860s and 1870s

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Rena — any and all questions about these artworks are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

The Art of Real New York Series

Part 1 - Forming the Metropolis

Part 2 - Gilded Age and its Underbelly

Part 3 - Finding Her Way

Part 4 - Women and Their Salons

Part 5 - Picturing the Depression

Part 6 - Mid-Century Modern

Part 7 - Civil War and its Aftermath

Part 8 - Harlem Renaissance

About Rena

Rena Tobey is an American art historian whose passion centers on making art accessible, insightful, and fun. She teaches at NYU's School for Professional Studies and conducts lively, interactive tours of museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, and the American Folk Art Museum. Rena’s research and writing centers on American women artists working before 1945, with particular interest in the challenges they faced in bucking societal norms.


"Very well organized, intelligently presented with an engaging and charming manner" -Debra

"I liked the presenter’s passion and knowledge about subject. Very interesting topic. Excellent gripping presentation. Audience Interaction stimulating." -Katharine

"Informative & interesting. Very good speaker. An excellent teacher." -Ellen

"The subject matter is wonderful and Rena is a great teacher. I have taken classes/tours/lectures with her and am never disappointed. The best!" -Elizabeth

"It was so well organized and presented, along with great information and charm" -Joan

"Rena is wonderful lecturer. Fascinating detail and insight." -Patricia

"Just to say...Thank you! It was MOST enjoyable!! It was wonderful to have a change from TV & reading during this Stay at Home period. "It was a lovely walk thru history! Rena did a great presentation." -Kathleen

"This was just an excellent session. I learned so much, and look forward to look up more info on the artists." -Tayla


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