Art Talk: Civil War, Photography Versus Painting

If you are staying in town this Memorial Day, you might want to head to the Metropolitan Museum and think about the Civil War, whose 150th anniversary is underway. As art critic Deborah Solomon explains, the Met is observing the occasion in a big -- and somewhat confusing -- way, with two unrelated exhibitions.

Solomon says the the must-see show is “Photography and the American Civil War.” She explains the show takes you back to the days when photography was still relatively new. "There is a lot of death and dying in this show, there are battlefields strewn with bodies -- but you are struck too by photographers’ artistry," she said.

Click on the audio link above to hear Solomon's discuss that and the other Met show, "The Civil War and American Art."