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Detail, photograph by Jun Fujita, circa 1930s, courtesy of the Graham and Pamela Lee private collection.

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.


Exhibit Hours

Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM

Select Saturdays, 10 AM — 3 PM

April 15

May 13

Select Evenings, 4 PM — 7 PM

March 21

April 18

May 16

Upcoming Exhibition


Gwendolyn Brooks
Slang, “Through the Words of Miss Brooks,” 2017

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.

Past Exhibits

  1. Pegasus & Mermaids
    Sep 23rd, 2016 – Dec 16th, 2016
  2. Bhaba by Neha Vedpathak
    Jul 11th, 2016 – Sep 15th, 2016
  3. Vintage Poetry Center Posters
    May 5th, 2016 – Jun 24th, 2016
  4. Bernadette Mayer: Memory
    Mar 3rd, 2016 – Apr 27th, 2016

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