Past Exhibitions

<em>The Chicago 77</em>

The Chicago 77

Mar 20, 2015 – May 29, 2015

Commissioned by the Poetry Foundation, The Chicago 77 is a 77-line poem comprised of found text and objects from each of Chicago’s 77 community areas. The piece was created by poets and artists Fatimah Asghar, Krista Franklin, Fo Wilson, and Jamila Woods. The completed poem has been calligraphed by Liz Isakson-Dado in a single edition on paper made by artists Margaret Mahan and Drew Matott.



Join us for tabletop games, video screenings, music, and refreshments at the First Friday gallery reception for The Chicago 77 exhibition on May 1 from 6 – 9 PM.

View photographs of the exhibit installation on our Tumblr.

Exhibit Hours 

Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM
Saturday, May 2, 7 PM
Saturday, May 9, 2 PM
During any of our evening events

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<em>Trevor Winkfield’s Pageant</em>

Trevor Winkfield, Sketch for Peter Gizzi, detail, 2012, acrylic and collage on paper,
27.5 x 19.25 inches. Courtesy of Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

Trevor Winkfield’s Pageant

Jan 6, 2015 – Mar 13, 2015

Trevor Winkfield has for several decades collaborated with many poets of the New York School. This exhibit comprises a selection of his limited-edition collaborative books, cover designs, original drawings, and paintings.

Winkfield's original designs for literary journal covers and for book covers and limited-edition books of poets Charles North, Barbara Guest, Harry Mathews, Peter Gizzi, and John Ashbery are displayed alongside their printed versions. Also included are several striking canvases by Winkfield, including portraits of Douglas Crase, Peter Gizzi, and John Ashbery.

The library hosts a special reading room curated as a companion to the gallery exhibit Trevor Winkfield’s Pageant. The collection includes Winkfield’s creative and critical writing; collaborations with New York School poets; and influences ranging from fine art monographs, volumes on Anglo-Saxon and Medieval art, and works by Surrealist and Oulipo writers, among others.

This exhibit is presented in collaboration with Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York.



Exhibit Hours 

Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM
Saturday, January 17, 10 AM — 3 PM
Saturday, February 14, 5 PM
Saturday, February 21, 10 AM — 3 PM
Sunday, February 22, 3 PM
During any of our evening events

Drury Brennan: <em>ulteriori ombre</em>

Drury Brennan: ulteriori ombre

Sep 18, 2014 – Dec 19, 2014

As a companion piece to the September 20 performance of Douglas Kearney and Val Jeanty’s oratorio for voice and electronics, Freedom of Shadow: A Tribute to Terry Adkins, Berlin-based schriftkunstler (writing artist) Drury Brennan takes over the gallery wall to compose ulteriori ombre (further shadows), a massive calligraphic reaction to Kearney’s original text.



Exhibit Hours

Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM
Saturday, October 25, 10 AM — 3 PM
Saturday, November 8, 10 AM — 3 PM
During any of our evening events

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The Secret Birds: New Drawings by Tony Fitzpatrick

The Secret Birds: New Drawings by Tony Fitzpatrick

Jul 1, 2014 – Sep 12, 2014

Tony Fitzpatrick draws on his talents as an actor, dramatist, poet, and visual artist for an elaborate array of work with Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation this summer. The Secret Birds, a clutch of fantastic creatures of the artist’s own invention, is Fitzpatrick’s final show of drawings before leaving Chicago for New Orleans, where he will study ornithology and natural history at the University of New Orleans. The work is interlaced with poetry, ephemera, and his institutional memory of the city itself: “a bird made from bright planets.” In a multimedia feature, Fitzpatrick discusses these drawings.

Exhibit Hours

Monday - Friday, 11 AM - 4 PM
Saturday, August 16, 10 AM - 2 PM
During any of our evening events


Tony Fitzpatrick was born on the South Side of Chicago, the son of a burial vault salesman. Fitzpatrick was routinely suspended from Catholic School on bad behavior. On those days he would ride along with his father to sales appointments and listen to stories of life and of Chicago. Birds were especially important to Fitzpatrick because, as his grandmother used to say, “For the price of a piece of bread you can hear God sing.”

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