Whitman at 200
Our calendar is jam-packed with Whitman events!
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.
Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy is 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
Major Support for the Whitman at 200 artistic commissions has been provided to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.