Exhibition: Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today
October 3, 6:30 pm - December 14, 5:00 pm
Curated by Deirdre Lawrence
2019 is the 200th birthday year of Walt Whitman (1819-1892), who is known today as one of the most influential poets of the nineteenth century. In addition to his work as a poet, Whitman is also remembered as a book designer and printer, essayist and journalist. Calling himself “the Bard of Democracy”, Whitman broke the mold in his prolific writings calling for equality, inclusivity and a more humanist world for all to live in.
The Center for Book Arts is marking this bi-centennial by looking at how Whitman’s writings have influenced contemporary artists working in the book arts. Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today follows several themes Whitman focused on in his writings, providing the connective tissue that links these works together. Geography, history, identity and immigration are a few themes that emerge from the works of art on view. Whitman’s fascination with Ancient Egypt, photography as a branding tool, and his notion of the world as he imagined it are all evident in the art on view. These diverse objects range from books, drawings, photographs, sketches, broadsides and a scroll.
Artists Include: Isabel Baraona, Sasha Chavchavadze, Allen Crawford, Marianne Dages, Brian Dettmer, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Evelyn Eller, Anne Gilman, Donald Glaister, Sam Gordon, Barbara Henry, Meg Hitchcock, Timothy Hull and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Sam Ita, Stefan Killen, Richard Kostelanetz, Karen Kunc, Sophia Le Fraga, Angela Lorenz, Russell Maret, Barry McCallion, Mark McMurray, Susan Newmark, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Brian Selznick, Clarissa Sligh, Peter Spagnuolo, Elizabeth Tonnard, Walt Whitman, Rutherford Witthus, Marilyn Zornado
Whitman Exhibition Events:
Opening Reception: October 3, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Roundtable Discussion with Curator and Artists: October 24, 6:30pm
Free Workshop on Whitman’s Letterpress Printing Techniques: November 4, 6:30pm
Community Dialogue on Photography: December 12, 6:30pm
Support for the Center for Book Arts’ Visual Arts Program is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Additional funding for this exhibition was provided by:
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
JM Kaplan Fund
Andrew Birsh, Woodside Press
Linda Ferber and Joel Berson
Georgia and Michael de Havenon
Roy R. Eddey and Joel Hershey
Anita Solomon Grossman
Mark Samuels Lasner
Deirdre E. Lawrence
Dr. Robert Ruben