Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Voicing America

July 16 - August 4, 2013 | Teaching Gallery

The Project on the History of Black Writing at the University of Kansas, in cooperation with the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University, is hosting a Summer Institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, "Don’t Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry.” Guided by major scholars and practitioners of African American poetry, this institute gives critical attention to relevant social, linguistic, literary and methodological elements of African American poetry today in an attempt to remap the landscape of poetry.

The Voicing America exhibition complements the NEH Summer Institute and features works from the Spencer Museum collection in dialogue with photographs by Dr. C.B. Claiborne of Texas Southern University. It takes as its premise the idea that poetry moves through space and time; is visual, aural and oral; and that visual artists are poets as well.


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