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“Encounters with Whitman”
a juried exhibition hosted @ DVAA in Gallery 1
– Public Opening Reception: June 7th, 6-8pm
“Encounters with Whitman” is a juried video exhibition to coincide with the bicentennial celebration of the birth of the American Poet Walt Whitman, (1819-1892). The exhibition calls for video work that examines, reinterprets, and celebrates Walt Whitman’s Calamus poems. Forming part of Whitman’s larger collection Leaves of Grass (1855), the Calamus poems remain one of the earliest and most explicit poetic sequences celebrating homoerotic love and affection between men.
“Encounters with Whitman” is also a juried photography exhibition which will explore the contemporary landscape and portraiture that now defines our American experience. Photography was a medium of fascination and importance to Whitman, in particular portraiture and landscape, the significance of which is reflected in his own literary work. Whitman’s voice in part shaped the American psyche through the portrayal of the American landscape and its peoples. Though Whitman’s reflections on America were often problematic, his contributions to modern literature caused cultural shifts worth investigation.
Featured Photographers: Amanda Tinker, Andrea Walls, Angelo Benedetto, Eddy Rhenals-Narvaez, Geoffrey Agrons, Howard Brunner, Jay Roth, Jennifer Brinton Robkin, Marcus Branch, Mario Nascati, Nanci Hellmuth, Tony Rocco.
Featured Video Artists: Brandon Strauss, Chris Northey, FAE Films, Juliana Hillman, Julien Tomasello, Mateo Sierra, Menelas, Pedro Zagitt, Ric Stott, Vincente Cortez, Xag Iria