In the Spring of 1865, General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, with 60,000 soldiers remaining, was stretched thin along 37 miles of entrenchments protecting Petersburg and the Confederate capital of Richmond from Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant's 100,000 Union solders. On April 1,22,000 Northern troops under Maj. Geral Philip H. Sheridan broke through the lines at Five Forks, defended by 10,000 men under Maj. General George E. Pickett. Within hours of the defeat, General Lee telegraphed the Confederate War Department that both Petersburg and Richmond would have to be abandoned on that night.
Battle of Five Forks
April 1, 1865
12 miles southwest of Petersburg, Virginia
May 27, 2014
2:49 - 2:50 pm
North Carolina Museum of Art
September 13, 2014–March 22, 2015
Private Eye features a selection of contemporary photographs from a promised gift to the Museum by Allen G. Thomas Jr. in honor of Dr. Lawrence Wheeler’s 20th anniversary as director of the NCMA. Ranging in date from 1993 to 2011, the photographs in the exhibition are by Jeff Bark, Matthew Baum, Jordi Bernadó, Jesse Burke, Anthony Goicolea, Bill Jacobson, Chris Jordan, Sze Tsung Leong, Chris McCaw, Ryan McGinley, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Jack Pierson, Kerry Skarbakka, Alec Soth, and Shen Wei.
The works on view cover a range of photographic techniques and processes, from “straight” photography to highly manipulated, staged, and constructed images. Including expressive portraits, otherworldly landscapes, and abstractions of the natural world, these photographs provide both an introduction to the diversity of contemporary photography and the very personal and passionate point of view of one singular collector.
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