Warehouse Row Extends Civil War Art Exhibit

Friday, February 01, 2013

Warehouse Row is extending State of the Union, an 18-piece collection of modern Civil War photography, through February due to the popularity of the exhibit and an upcoming visit by artist Gregg Segal. 

State of the Union is arranged as a strolling exhibit within the historic retail destination, with pieces available for viewing throughout the first floor of buildings North and South during normal business hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. The exhibit was originally slated to leave Warehouse Row at the end of January, but has been extended through the month of February.

“Warehouse Row has been a rich part of Chattanooga’s history for more than 100 years and now plays a key role in our city’s vibrant downtown,” said Kelly Scott, leasing manager at Warehouse Row. “The walls of our beautifully-restored historic buildings, which stand on the land where Union forces constructed a stone fort during the Civil War for the defense of the city, are the perfect backdrop for a thought-provoking exhibit about the war and modern culture.” 

State of the Union is meant to evoke reflection on America’s past and present and demonstrate the juxtaposition of two contrastive eras: an idealized Civil War embodied by period re-enactor versus the commercialism of contemporary life. The exhibit kicked-off Chattanooga’s sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary celebration of the Civil War, with many more events slated to take place throughout the community this year.

To complete the project, Mr. Segal worked with Robert Lee Hodge, a central figure among re-enactors and widely recognized as an authority on the Civil War. Over the course of a year, Mr. Hodge guided Mr. Segal to the actual sites of specific battles in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. One photograph in particular was shot locally in Chattanooga in the Orchard Knob neighborhood, where the Battle of Orchard Knob took place in November of 1863.

“As a kid, I’d spend hours setting up and arranging toy soldiers, and then narrate the battle to whatever audience I could find,” said Mr. Segal. “State of the Union is sort of a grown-up version of a childhood game.”

State of the Union has toured a number of American cities, including recently Fairfax, Va. at a showing at George Mason University and New York City at Chelsea Market. For a preview of the exhibit or a peek at more of the artist’s photography, visit greggsegal.com.

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