Niagara Gazette

War of 1812

June 7, 2012

Castellani opens War of 1812 Bicentennial exhibition

Niagara Gazette — The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will open a new exhibition presented in conjunction with the War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event features a talk by guest curator Robert Giannetti as well as an information fair for Niagara 1812 Legacy Council partner organizations to promote their own events and programs.

The Picturesque and War: Visual and Literary Aspects of 19th Century Tourism explores the role of books and related visual arts in the marketing of the Niagara region as a premiere tourist destination before and after the War of 1812. 

The exhibit first shows how ideas of the picturesque and sublime developed beginning in the 18th century. These concepts were later used to market Niagara Falls as a natural wonder of unspoiled beauty and awe-inspiring power. 

Richly illustrated fine books, travel guides, maps and skillfully rendered prints (many based on paintings by the 19th century’s best-known artists) all helped to attract visitors to the Niagara region. Following the War of 1812, former battlefields and war monuments were added to the list of the region’s tourist attractions. On the lighter side, humorous satiric texts and illustrations show the battle between the sublime and ridiculous as the Falls were exploited by industry and rampant commercialization.

This exhibition and related events are free of charge and will take place at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. The exhibition is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
War of 1812
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page