Monday Muse rounds up a half-dozen winter and early- to late-spring exhibitions or other events related to poetry and art.
✦ "American Stanzas: 2006-2016 with Rachel Eliza Griffiths" ~ At New York City's Poet House, this free exhibition of photography and mixed-media works by Cave Canem fellow Rachel Eliza Griffiths continues through February 25. Included is a curated folio of Griffiths's early photography work.
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On March 22, 6:00 p.m., Poets House opens "Poetry Since 1912: Books, Issues & Ephemera from the Poetry Foundation". Editor Don Share will give an oral history of Poetry magazine at 7:00 p.m.
T.S. Eliot fans take note: Eliot's first published poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" will be on view in "Poetry Since 1912". Other highlights, in addition to rare copies of Poetry: inscribed books of Langston Hughes and Charles Bukowski. The free exhibition continues through June 16.
✦ "A Thousand Mornings in New Bedford" ~ Located at New Bedford City Hall through March 3, this exhibition of the work of six local artists — Marissa Bolton, Jacob Gina, Gregg Harper, Heather Hobler, Dudley Moor, and Ruth Rego — takes as its theme Cape Cod poet Mary Oliver's "I Go Down to the Shore". In interpreting the nautical theme, the artists created collages, photographs, paintings, and sculpture. Sponsored by New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!, New Bedford, Massachusetts, the show marks a new partnership between the mayor's office and NBAM/ArtWorks!
✦ "Jun Fujita: Oblivion" ~ On view through April 21 at the Poetry Foundation's Chicago headquarters, this exhibition features the lesser-known landscape photography of poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963), as well as ephemera from his life and photojournalism.
✦ "21 Etchings and Poems" ~ Curated by Courtney Spencer Eppel, a museum studies graduate student, this exhibition at Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, New York, features the landmark pairing of 21 artists and authors and the unique artworks that resulted. On view through May 14, the exhibition brings together the pairings of such artists and poets as Peter Grippe and Dylan Thomas; Willem de Kooning and Harold Rosenberg; Letterio Calapai and William Carlos Williams; and Franz Kline and Frank O'Hara. A selection of five images is available at the exhibition link above.
The 21 etchings and poems project was conceived by Peter Grippe (1912-2002), a sculptor and printmaker, in 1951; 50 numbered copies of the portfolio and 12 sets of artist proofs resulted (one is in the Library of Congress). A complete portfolio was exhibited at Woodward Gallery in 2012.
✦ "Art of Poetry" ~ On March 18, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, North Carolina, conducts an ekphrastic poetry walking tour in honor of Women's History Month 2017 and the exhibition "WOMAN MADE: Women Artists from the Hickory Museum of Art Collection". Poems inspired by the exhibition, which continues through April 23, may be submitted for consideration (deadline: March 4).
✦ "Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space" ~ Opening March 28 at the Getty Research Institute, Gallery I, Los Angeles, the exhibition brings together prints, artist books, journals, and archives documenting the concrete poetry movement. Work by Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006), Augusto de Campos and his Brazilian colleagues, Eugen Gomringer, and key contemporary figures who have led the movement in new directions is showcased. Running through July 30, the exhibition also examines how Finlay and de Campos invented such new poetic forms as "poster poems" and "standing poems" and reproduced their work across media to render poems into 3-D objects and digital animations.
The Little Sparta Trust (Ian Hamilton Finlay Garden of Poetry and Sculpture)