Opening Saturday June 11, 6 - 10 pm
Exibition Dates: June 11 - July 3
Grant v. Lee
Curated by Sophie Lvoff
Featuring work by: James Taylor Bonds, Jason Derouin, Chris Domenick, Markus Fiedler,
Lindsay Foster, Harvey Loves Harvey, Rachel Jones, Erik Kiesewetter, Nikki Pressley,
Nina Schwanse, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Grant Willing, Katherine Wolkoff and Agustina Woodgate.
Performance by Jeremy JF Thompson on the night of the opening reception.
Good Children Gallery is pleased to present Grant v. Lee
, curated by Sophie T. Lvoff. Grant v.Lee
a collection of contemporary works that engage the still vibrant memory of the two major military leaders
of the Civil War, and the Civil War itself in today’s American landscape.
It has now been 150 years since Americans went to war with each other, resulting in one ofAmerica’s
bloodiest conflicts (total casualties second only to those suffered in World War II). Anentire generation of
young men was lost while women were left at home. Everyone in the countryhad to take a stance while
the cities and towns that people had built only a few years beforewere turned to rubble. Americans still
identify themselves as Yankees or Southerners, and asense of regional pride exists today particularly in
the South, which suffered long-lasting political,economic, and personal losses.
Matthew Brady and Timothy O’Sullivan emerged as important photographers who made bothportraits
and landscape work at the time. The photographs of the ruins of cities and carnage ofbattle brought the
horrors of the war from the battlefield to homes across the nation for the firsttime. Grant v. Lee privileges
the medium of photography to pay homage to Brady, O’Sullivan andtheir contemporaries, while also
showcasing other media as well.
This exhibition does not attempt to stake out a position on the Civil War as it is a complicatedpart of
American history and slavery is clearly a stain on this history. The works gently and subtlyevoke the times
and culture of the Civil War while bringing up significant questions about raceand nationalism that we
continue to ask today.
The exhibition includes work by James Taylor Bonds, Jason Derouin, Chris Domenick, MarkusFiedler,
Lindsay Foster, Harvey Loves Harvey, Rachel Jones, Erik Kiesewetter, Nikki Pressley, Nina Schwanse,
Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Grant Willing, Katherine Wolkoff, Agustina Woodgate, witha performance by Jeremy
JF Thompson on the night of the opening reception. The exhibition will be onview June 11-July 3, with an
opening reception on Saturday, June 11, 6 - 10pm.
Sophie T. Lvoff, curator