Past Exhibitions

Joan Mitchell: At Home in Poetry

Joan Mitchell: At Home in Poetry

Feb 4, 2013 – May 31, 2013

Abstract Expressionist painter Joan Mitchell (1925–1992) was born and raised in Chicago, and her mother, Marion Strobel, was associate editor at Poetry magazine. Poetry was fundamental to Mitchell’s sensibility and to her paintings, and many of her closest personal and professional relationships were with poets. This exhibition, which includes the large-scale quadriptych painting Minnesota (1980), as well as photographs, letters, and books of poems illustrated by Mitchell, will explore her relationships and collaborations with poets including her mother, Frank O’Hara, Bill Berkson, John Ashbery, and Nathan Kernan.
Related programming will consider the interrelations of poetry and the visual arts more broadly. School groups wishing to tour the exhibition should contact to schedule a visit.

View a slideshow and read more about Joan Mitchell in the February 2013 issue of Poetry.

Image: Minnesota, by Joan Mitchell | 1980, oil on canvas (four panels), 102 1/2 x 243 inches | © Estate of Joan Mitchell

Co-sponsored with the Joan Mitchell Foundation

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Snow City Arts: Erasures

Dec 4, 2012 – Jan 17, 2013

Snow City Arts transforms time in the hospital into time with the arts for young patients during treatment. Exhibited here are thirteen works by youth at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in Chicago who used the May 2011 issue of Poetry as source material for their own erasure poems.

(Image: Michael C., age 16, phrases and words from Mark Irwin’s poem “Poem Beginning with a Line by Milosz” float within a sunflower image by Georgia O’Keeffe.)

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Poet Photos: From the Archives of <em>Poetry</em> Magazine

Sharon Bourke (Photo credit: Dorothy Zuccarini Mayhew)

Poet Photos: From the Archives of Poetry Magazine

Sep 27, 2012 – Nov 29, 2012

Comprised of snapshots sent in by contributors over the hundred-year history of Poetry, this exhibition includes unseen treasures from the archives of the magazine.

Verse, Stripped: A Poetry Comics Exhibition

Verse, Stripped: A Poetry Comics Exhibition

May 31, 2012 – Sep 4, 2012

Poetry comics combine two seemingly disparate art forms to create something wholly unique. Verse, Stripped features original artwork by Sommer Browning, Bianca Stone, Gary Sullivan, and Paul K. Tunis, as well as books by Joe Brainard, Kenneth Koch, and others.

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