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Showing 1 to 20 of 30 Exhibitions
  • June 21, 2018 – September 14, 2018

    Step inside the poem “On Visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens” by Khaty Xiong. This interactive exhibit presents a visualization of Xiong’s poem about visiting a garden to...

    illustration of flowers, koi, and plants by Nathan Kawanishi
  • April 1, 2018 – June 8, 2018

    Elizabeth Kray (1916–1987) was a visionary arts administrator and imaginative inventor of poetry programs and initiatives. Before founding Poets House, the poetry library and literary center located in New York...

  • January 10, 2018 – March 28, 2018

    This exhibition highlights the work and life of poet and artist Ava Kadishson Schieber. Kadishson Schieber was born Jewish in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, in 1926 and survived the Shoah in...

  • October 5, 2017 – December 22, 2017

    For this exhibition, Chicago poets, artists, and organizing communities were invited to contribute signs of resistance:  posters, banners, and other ephemera of direct action in response to social unrest. The resulting...

  • September 5, 2017 – September 22, 2017

    In celebration of the hundredth birthday of Gwendolyn E. Brooks (1917 – 2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first Black winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Tyrue “Slang” Jones painted the...

  • June 16, 2017 – August 25, 2017

    This exhibition showcases highlights from the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks (1917–2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Brooks’s papers include youthful poetry...

    Sketch of Gwendolyn Brooks
  • January 12, 2017 – May 26, 2017

    This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is...

    Photograph by Jun Fujita of fractured tree stumps in sandy environment. Black and white photo
  • September 23, 2016 – December 16, 2016

    A group exhibition featuring work by Poetry magazine cover artists depicting the mythical creatures Pegasus and mermaids from poetry immemorial. Artists include Lise Haller Baggesen, Ana Benaroya, Lilli Carré, Alexander Cohen, Stephen...

    Gallery space of Pegasus and Mermaids installation, featuring large portraits of winged horses and mermaids.
  • July 11, 2016 – September 15, 2016

    A virtual dialogue between the artist and the poets Rabindranath Tagore and Kay Ryan, Bhaba is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that includes a large-scale paper work, an installation of handmade “stones,”...

    Abstract photograph of yellow coral material casting a shadow on a white surface.
  • May 5, 2016 – June 24, 2016

    In the sixties and seventies, visual art students at the University of Arizona collaborated with the University of Arizona Poetry Center to create silkscreened publicity posters for Poetry Center readings....

    Installation of several framed vintage posters hanging on a white gallery wall.
  • March 3, 2016 – April 27, 2016

    Memory is a poetic audio-visual installation, shown now in its entirety for the first time since its original 1972 exhibition. During July 1971, Mayer took one roll of film each...

    Blue-tinted photograph of Bernadette Mayer, seated
  • December 11, 2015 – February 19, 2016

    What if every poem had its own fragrance, beyond the literal smell of the materiality of the page? What if one could smell a poet’s imaginative, conceptual, intellectual world, the...

    Gallery space featuring several glass containers. One man is lifting a container and smelling the inside of it.
  • September 4, 2015 – November 30, 2015

    In this exhibition, the artists investigate the intersection of weaving, textiles, and language, with works that allude to the form of the book, the loom, and other manifestations of fiber...

    Glass case featuring a small square figure. The word 'reversal' is written on the square figure.
  • June 11, 2015 – August 28, 2015

    Project& artist Cheryl Pope and a group of young poets from Chicago public schools will activate various places and spaces of the Poetry Foundation through installation, sculpture, and spoken-word. The...

    Gallery space featuring several high school desks facing the window and four banners hanging on the wall.
  • March 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...

    Diagonal photograph of wall covered in various pieces of paper. The papers each contain graphics paired with words and are political.
  • January 6, 2015 – March 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...

    Gallery space featuring various works of art hung on the wall and works held in a glass case. A couple is looking at a picture on the wall.
  • September 18, 2014 – December 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...

    Detail of installation featuring several different darkly painted images on a white wall. Image features texts, a series of X's, and dripping black paint.
  • July 1, 2014 – September 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...

    Detail of collage featuring a large bird figure and the text, "A Secret Bird."
  • March 11, 2014 – May 23, 2014

    This exhibit showcases the autograph edition of The World Record, featuring poems handwritten by Seamus Heaney, Kay Ryan, and over a hundred others, created for the Saison Poetry Library during...

    Aerial view of desk with chair. Desk is covered with words.
  • December 17, 2013 – February 21, 2014

    This exhibition explores painter Jane Freilicher's pivotal role among the poets of the New York School, particularly John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, and James Schuyler. It is comprised of...

    Sketch of man. Image by Jane Freilicher