Tuesday, January 13, 2009

One Life: The Mask of Lincoln

One Life: The Mask of Lincoln is a collection of the photographs that reveal the changing face Abraham Lincoln presented to the world. It is from the National Portrait Gallery. Lesson plans available for grades 4 - 12.

From the site:

In the two-hundredth year since his birth, Abraham Lincoln remains as much a puzzle as he was to his contemporaries. That he came from nothing and was an obscure figure, almost to the moment of his nomination for the presidency, only adds to his mystery. His essential nature remains elusive, despite our best efforts to reveal the "real" Lincoln. Perhaps, though, that very mysteriousness is the key to his character and personality. Lincoln, with a supreme confidence in himself and an almost providential sense of his personal mission, was incredibly adroit in his ability to adapt to circumstances and shape events.

This exhibition concentrates on presidential portraits to show the changing face that Abraham Lincoln presented to the world as he led the fight for the Union. Shaping himself to the uncertainties of the present, mindful of his role as the heir to the Founding Fathers, Lincoln led the nation where it never intended to go: from a political crisis over states' rights to the revolutionary act of abolishing slavery. What is uncanny is how Lincoln moved toward this conclusion in public, before an audience fascinated and yet bewildered by the workings of an extraordinary mind.


Alexis K Lerro said...

Dear Michael Lorenzen,
Abraham Lincoln is turning 200 in February, and we want you to celebrate his bicentennial with us!
We’ve read your site American Presidents Blog and think you’d be interested in hearing about our project because you blog about presidential history.
My name is Alexis Lerro and I work for a company called Lime Projects based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For the last month or so, we have been helping the Rosenbach Museum & Library get ready to launch an exciting new project called “21st-Century Abe” to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abe Lincoln’s birth.
21st-Century Abe grew out of an awareness that there is an intense interest in Lincoln among the great number of web-savvy folks who spend much of their days surfing the net, as the abundance of Lincoln-themed YouTube videos and MySpace pages will attest, but that he is almost exclusively represented and discussed in a mythical and clich├ęd way. The goal of 21st-Century Abe is to engage this audience in exploring a nuanced and complex view of Lincoln and to create a community of dialogue (both textual and artistic) around contemporary issues that grow out an understanding of Lincoln’s historical materials. The organizing themes of the project include Lincoln’s views on race, his patterns of thought and rhetoric, and his role as a celebrity, both in his own day and ours.
In addition to the blog the Rosenbach has started, there will be a full website launch on February 12th, Lincoln’s 200th birthday, and exciting contributions from scholar and author Douglas Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center and respected Lincoln academic; visual artist Maira Kalman, author and illustrator of numerous children’s books and illustrator of the illustrated version of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style; composer and rock musician Bryce Dessner, (member of the band The National); and multi-media artists Archive (Anne Walsh and Chris Kubick) as they reflect on Lincoln documents and provide their own creative interpretations.
But we’re not stopping there! Your responses—in words, songs, videos, photos, drawings, web links, whatever — define 21st-Century Abe. With the full site launch, we invite you to contribute your own Abe finds and interpretations and maybe even win one of our Abe contests.
After researching many blogs on the subjects of history, civil war reenactment, art, politics and education, we are excited to share 21st-Century Abe at the Rosenbach with your website, American Presidents Blog.
The 21st-Century Abe blog is located at the following URL: http://www.21stcenturyabe.org
Plus there are great supplementary Abe media sites like:
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/21stCenturyAbe
Bebo: http://www.bebo.com/21stCenturyAbe
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/21stcenturyabe

Let us know what you think about it! If you like it, pass it along and tell a friend, or even post about it on your blog.
Thanks for your time—we hope to hear from you on our blog and website, and if you’re in the Philly area, we hope to see you at the Rosenbach’s festivities!
Alexis Lerro
Production Manager and Research Coordinator
Lime Projects
tel. 267.886.9224

Mike B said...

Excellent resource on Lincoln as we celebrate the bicentennial of his birth. We are trying to encourage all of our teachers in my school district to utilize Lincoln resources during the year. May I send them a link to your article, as well as refer to it in a blog entry I plan on making next week at http://citruscountysocialstudies.blogspot.com/
Thanks for the resource!

M said...

"May I send them a link to your article, as well as refer to it in a blog entry I plan on making next week at http://citruscountysocialstudies.blogspot.com/?"

Mike, you are welcome to do so.