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Current Exhibition
February 15, 2024 – May 18, 2024

The Poetry Foundation’s presentation of Kara Walker: Back of Hand appropriately foregrounds Walker’s long-term engagement with language and text. 

Past Exhibitions
  • September 14, 2023 – January 13, 2024

    This exhibition is a biographical sketch of Harriet Monroe, founding editor of Poetry magazine.

    Illustrated portrait of Harriet Monroe in red and white against a background of black vines with red  flowers, with a small Pegasus in the bottom corner.
  • June 22, 2023 – August 19, 2023

    This exhibition showcases collaborations between Poetry magazine guest editors and cover artists during a period of remarkable growth at the Poetry Foundation.

  • February 18, 2023 – May 20, 2023

    Painter Alex Katz’s extensive collaborations with poets are the subject of this exhibition, the very first to bring together the full range of materials that showcase these connections.

    Portrait of Alice Notley by Alex Katz showing a woman with long, straight brown hair and large blue eyes.
  • October 20, 2022 – January 14, 2023

    Diana Solís: Encuentros showcases photographs by queer Mexicana Chicana feminist artist Diana Solís, documenting poetry communities in Chicago—including the Guild Complex, La Decima Musa, Weeds, and Hothouse—throughout the 1970s–1990s.

    Color photograph of three guests at a wedding reception. On the left is a woman with curly black hair wearing a black dress, in the center is a man in a white embroidered shirt wearing aviator sunglasses, and on the right is a tall woman with curly black