Large abstract white and yellow painting by Joan Mitchell. Painting is hung on a white wall.

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

Monday, February 4th – Friday, May 31st