Our Winter 2013 issue features an essay by NCMA curator John W. Coffey on the curious provenance of a bust of John C. Calhoun. Marred during the Civil War, the bust was originally covered with cosmetics before being displayed at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Here, Coffey and NCMA conservator Bill Brown discuss their decision to remove the make-up for display and privilege one aspect of the bust’s story.
For our Fall 2013 issue, Remembering the Civil War, historian Blain Roberts wrote about attending Charleston’s secession gala and NAACP protest of it in 2010. Here, she discusses how the events of 150 years ago are not merely relegated to history—they resonate in a contemporary political climate. As Roberts observes, “Nostalgia is not about the past.”
To complement our Fall 2013 issue Remembering the Civil War, we caught up with film producer and researcher Brent Feito, who began participating in Civil War reenactments at age 9. Here, Brent describes how reenacting accelerated his appreciation for history and for the sacrifices that make history so compelling, those “stories of [ordinary people] interacting . . . and finding meaning in each other’s experiences.”
Our Fall 2013 issue Remembering the Civil War presents photos by Matthew P. Shelton. To create them, Shelton deconstructed Bell Irvin Wiley’s Embattled Confederates: An Illustrated History of Southerners at War (Harper & Row, 1964). “Like a failing dam, what began as one spontaneous hole gave way to a compulsive perforation,” writes Shelton. “I drilled until the book was lace.” Take a look at Shelton’s process here.