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  • October 18, 2021 – March 13, 2022

    This installation, created by artist and designer Bob Faust, rejoices in the poems of Patricia Smith and invites you to recall our connectedness and partake in healing. Smith, who was raised...

    The facade of the Poetry Foundation building featuring art by Bob Faust
  • January 24, 2020 – March 31, 2020

    Jun Fujita: American Visionary, copresented with the Newberry Library, focuses on the extraordinary accomplishments of poet and photojournalist Jun Fujita. This exhibition is an expanded version of Jun Fujita: Oblivion,...

    Black and white photo of a man wearing an old fashioned hat standing behind an old fashioned camera.
  • January 9, 2020 – April 30, 2020

    Well known as one of the most gifted and prolific poets of the modern era, A.R. (Archie Randolph) Ammons was also an abundant painter. A.R. Ammons: Watercolors focuses on Ammons’s...

    Untitled by A.R. Ammons
  • September 5, 2019 – December 20, 2019

    Morden Tower, now one of Britain’s literary landmarks, was once a dusty, near-derelict medieval turret without plumbing or electricity. That changed on Bloomsday 1964 when Tom and Connie Pickard began...

    Exhibit: The Life of Poetry in Morden Tower
  • May 10, 2019 – August 22, 2019

    As artist and curator Jon Hendricks describes, “Yoko Ono typed up for George Maciunas the suggested contents of what was to become Grapefruit.  A facsimile of the entire typescript is...

    Yoko Ono
  • February 7, 2019 – April 25, 2019

    In a world saturated by digital media, The Lushness of Print revisits the beauty of the printed word. The Lushness of Print presents the ekphrastic partnership between poet Samiya Bashir and printer Daniela del Mar. 

    Pink and yellow flyer with black text reading "after John Cage" by  Samiya Bashir & Letra Chueca Press
  • September 27, 2018 – January 24, 2019

    “… to take root among the stars.” is a speculative “mapping” project wherein evidence of Afrofuturist and AfroSurrealist thought is traced, imagined, and archived in and on handmade paper.

    Cloudy blue background with coins, the moon lander and a small black girl superimposed ontop.
  • June 21, 2018 – September 14, 2018

    Step inside the poem “On Visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens” by Khaty Xiong. This interactive exhibit presents a visualization of Xiong’s poem about visiting a garden to...

    illustration of flowers, koi, and plants by Nathan Kawanishi
  • April 1, 2018 – June 8, 2018

    Elizabeth Kray (1916–1987) was a visionary arts administrator and imaginative inventor of poetry programs and initiatives. Before founding Poets House, the poetry library and literary center located in New York...

    Black and white snapshot of woman (center) and man (right) laughing.
  • January 10, 2018 – March 28, 2018

    This exhibition highlights the work and life of poet and artist Ava Kadishson Schieber. Kadishson Schieber was born Jewish in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, in 1926 and survived the Shoah in...

    Digital sketch for AKS Cover
  • October 5, 2017 – December 22, 2017

    For this exhibition, Chicago poets, artists, and organizing communities were invited to contribute signs of resistance:  posters, banners, and other ephemera of direct action in response to social unrest. The resulting...

    Signs of resistance
  • September 5, 2017 – September 22, 2017

    In celebration of the hundredth birthday of Gwendolyn E. Brooks (1917 – 2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first Black winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Tyrue “Slang” Jones painted the...

    Blue mural depicting images of Gwendolyn Brooks and her poem titles.
  • June 16, 2017 – 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...

    Sketch of Gwendolyn Brooks
  • January 12, 2017 – May 26, 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...

    Photograph by Jun Fujita of fractured tree stumps in sandy environment. Black and white photo
  • September 23, 2016 – December 16, 2016

    A group exhibition featuring work by Poetry magazine cover artists depicting the mythical creatures Pegasus and mermaids from poetry immemorial. Artists include Lise Haller Baggesen, Ana Benaroya, Lilli Carré, Alexander Cohen, Stephen...

    Gallery space of Pegasus and Mermaids installation, featuring large portraits of winged horses and mermaids.
  • July 11, 2016 – September 15, 2016

    A virtual dialogue between the artist and the poets Rabindranath Tagore and Kay Ryan, Bhaba is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that includes a large-scale paper work, an installation of handmade “stones,”...

    Abstract photograph of yellow coral material casting a shadow on a white surface.
  • May 5, 2016 – June 24, 2016

    In the sixties and seventies, visual art students at the University of Arizona collaborated with the University of Arizona Poetry Center to create silkscreened publicity posters for Poetry Center readings....

    Installation of several framed vintage posters hanging on a white gallery wall.
  • March 3, 2016 – April 27, 2016

    Memory is a poetic audio-visual installation, shown now in its entirety for the first time since its original 1972 exhibition. During July 1971, Mayer took one roll of film each...

    Blue-tinted photograph of Bernadette Mayer, seated
  • December 11, 2015 – February 19, 2016

    What if every poem had its own fragrance, beyond the literal smell of the materiality of the page? What if one could smell a poet’s imaginative, conceptual, intellectual world, the...

    Gallery space featuring several glass containers. One man is lifting a container and smelling the inside of it.
  • September 4, 2015 – November 30, 2015

    In this exhibition, the artists investigate the intersection of weaving, textiles, and language, with works that allude to the form of the book, the loom, and other manifestations of fiber...

    Glass case featuring a small square figure. The word 'reversal' is written on the square figure.