Jun Fujita: Oblivion
Jan 12th, 2017 – May 26th, 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 responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show explores his lesser-known landscapes and includes ephemera from his life and photojournalism work.
Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM
Select Saturdays, 10 AM — 3 PM
Select Evenings, 4 PM — 7 PM
Matter in the Margins: Gwendolyn Brooks at 100
June 16 – 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 and prose, scrapbooks of pieces she published as a young woman, extensive correspondence with a significant roster of other writers, and manuscript drafts and proofs, especially after she left mainstream publishing to produce her works with black-owned presses.