In honor of the 350th anniversary of Jonathan Swift's birth, this exhibition, based on the collections of the Penn Libraries, will explore the many facets of Swift's life and legacy through an examination of his many voices; his complicated relationships with both men and women; his ever-evolving politics; his many travels, whether by foot, horse, or ship, or solely in his imagination; and his views on the role of religion in society. It will examine how these influences manifested themselves in his writings and in the world's reaction to his words. The 2018 Jay. I Kislak Program Jonathan Swift in the 21st Century will be held in conjunction with this exhibition in February 22-24.
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Early photographs of the Holy Land taken from the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth centuries by western photographers are famous for their timeless depictions of unpopulated landscapes and religious sites. This exhibition focuses on the different ways in which the Holy Land's inhabitants appear in these photographs and seeks to reclaim them as subjects in their own right, not merely as props in someone else's story. These images yield complicated realms of vision, imagination, artistic expression, and documentation and move from the studio to the dynamic activities of street life. For more information