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Lloyd Library and Museum presents Wounded Home,
an exhibition that has been in the making since 2011,
when guest art curator, Kate Kern, was invited to tackle
the topic of the Civil War for the 150th Commemorative four-year cycle (2011-2015).
The Lloyd wanted to provide a unique experience related to the war as well as
commemorate a special event in its own historical timeline,
namely the arrival of John Uri Lloyd to Cincinnati, Ohio,
to begin his pharmacy apprenticeship, an act which ultimately led
to the formation of the Library
that bears his and his brothers' name.
The resulting exhibition, Wounded Home,
takes its inspiration from a Victorian era parlor ravaged
by the losses and upheaval of Civil War America.
Combining the vocabularies of an iconic household interior, including
Victorian customs of mourning and grief, with text and images
from the Lloyd's collection of Civil War resources, each artist has created
a facet of a poignant and disturbing room-within-a-room in the Lloyd's gallery space
. The artists, Mary Jo Bole, Deborah Brod, Jenny Fine,
Saad Ghosn, Celene Hawkins, Kate Kern, and Alice Pixley Young,
have been meeting regularly since November 2011
and have created new works specifically for this exhibition.
Lloyd materials used by the artists during their research
are also on display, inviting visitors to make connections
between the exhibition and the sources of inspiration from the Lloyd's vast collection.
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