“Sculpting History” exhibit opens at The Valentine

The museum’s reopened sculpture studio recontextualizes the work of Edward Valentine, prolific artist and supporter of the Lost Cause myth

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Get an up-close look at how Valentine’s artwork influenced historic and contemporary beliefs about the Lost Cause myth.

Photo courtesy of The Valentine

A new exhibit opens today at The Valentine. “Sculpting History at the Valentine Studio: Art, Power, and the ‘Lost Cause’ American Myth” examines the role Edward Valentine and other local leaders played in perpetuating racial oppression after the Civil War.

Edward Valentine designed the Jefferson Davis Memorial, among many other Lost Cause works. The new exhibit prompts visitors to think about big questions concerning power and public art from inside Valentine’s sculpture studio.

“Sculpting History” is several years in the making. The museum closed the studio in 2020 and began working to recontextualize the historic space.

Admission to the museum is free this Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 in honor of the opening. The exhibit is ongoing.

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