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Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Whitman Vignettes: Camden and Philadelphia
On exhibition May 28-August 23, 2019

The American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892) spent the last two decades of his life officially residing across the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey. This exhibition on the occasion of the 200th anniversary, on May 31, 2019, of the birth of Walt Whitman, focuses on the Camden/Philadelphia connection, both during Whitman's life and in the decades that followed. Mining Penn's Walt Whitman Collections, which include original paintings by Herbert Gilchrist, son of Whitman's English admirer Anne Gilchrist, the exhibition explores his friendships, his writings, his influence, his collectors, his legacy, and even the naming of his bridge.
Tuesday, May 28 - Exhibition Opening

4:00 pm Tour of exhibition by curator Lynne Farrington
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, first floor

5:30 pm Reading by poet Michael Dickman, winner of the James Laughlin Award and author of many books of poetry, including Green Migraine (2015) and the forthcoming Days & Days (2019)
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, sixth floor

6:30 pm Exhibition viewing, book signing, and reception
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, first floor

Please register to attend the exhibition opening here.


This exhibition is part of Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy a region-wide initiative to explore the impact and importance of Walt Whitman in 2019, his bicentennial year. Institution and organizations in Philadelphia and Camden are partnering to present a diverse variety of exhibitions and events on poetry and music, plastic arts, the environment, printing and publishing, and contemporary social, political, and cultural issues. To learn more about Whitman at 200 and to view the calendar of events, go to: whitmanat200.org

Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy has received major funding from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, first floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)