Jo Davidson, "Walt Whitman," 1957, bronze on granite base statue. Photo by Alec Rogers for the Association for Public Art, 2016.
University of Pennsylvania Libraries presents Whitman at 200 on the occasion of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday in 2019. The region-wide program of cultural events is designed to reassess the pivotal literary figure’s impact on art and society and connect him to the life and art of the Philadelphia region, then and now. Four new artistic commissions, supported by a Center grant, from Carolyn Healy and John Phillips, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Homer Jackson, and Spencer Fitch, will examine themes within Whitman’s work and life.
A multitude of exhibitions and programs are presented with partner organizations such as the Free Library of Philadelphia, City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Arcadia University, William Way LGBT Community Center, and more.
While events will take place all year, there will be a focus on the two-week period, between May 24 and June 9, 2019, around Whitman's birthday. Visit the Whitman at 200 website for a schedule of programming.