Online Exhibitions

Below, please find a listing of all of our exhibitions, with links to learn more, and view selected images online.

A valentine by Alice Notley

On view: Tuesday, December 2, 2014–Saturday, March 21, 2015

From "Happy Holidays" from Langston Hughes to "Seasons Greetings" from Seamus and Marie Heaney, calling cards from Marianne Moore, and handmade valentines between Alice Notley and Ted Berrigan, the sending of poetic holiday cards is a unique and longstanding...

Imaginary Relish by George Schneeman & Anne Waldman

On view: Tuesday, April 22–Saturday, November 15, 2014

“A Painter and His Poets” is the first major retrospective of George Schneeman's...

Chapbooks, Poetry Exhibits, Poetry NYC

On view: Tuesday, April 1–Saturday, April 12, 2014

Over the past 25 years, Poets House has amassed the largest open-access collection of rare and out-of-print chapbooks in the United States. These...

Lucille Clifton

On view November 19, 2013 through March 22, 2014

"come celebrate with me:" The Work of Lucille Clifton features poems, drafts and manuscripts, letters, previously unseen photographs, and other materials — from the first poem she ever wrote in the 1950s to her last in 2010 — from Clifton’s archives. Curated by...

A Swarm, a Flock, a Host: A Compendium of Creatures book cover

On view November 19, 2013 through April 5, 2014

A Compendium of Creatures exhibits the portfolio of A Swarm, A Flock, A Host: A Compendium of Creatures, the new collaboration from noted artist Darren Waterston and award-winning poet Mark...

On View July 11 through October 5, 2013

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here assembles artists’ responses to the tragic March 5, 2007, bombing that resulted in the destruction of Al-Mutanabbi Street, a cultural and intellectual hub in Baghdad. This important and timely exhibition will be held in five New York City cultural venues from mid-June to late September 2013....

Coffee House Press Books

On View February 9 through June 15, 2013

Coffee House Press traces its history through the turbulence of recent transformations in poetry publishing, from letterpress editions and offset printing to newer technologies. The exhibit—including broadsides, chapbooks and...

Portrait of Stanley Kunitz by Philip Guston

On View May 15 through November 14, 2012

At Poets House artists and poets alike take flight, helping one another gain altitude. --
Read Holland Cotter's...

Harmonium by Wallace Stevens, Rare Books NYC, Poetry NYC

On view May 3 through May 11, 2012

In conjunction with our 25th Anniversary Passwords program Joan Richardson on Wallace Stevens, please join us for a special display of first editions of Stevens' work, on loan from the collection of...

Darragh Park (photo by Richard Howe)

On view February 28 through May 5, 2012

Poets House is thrilled to announce its display of eight paintings recently donated by the Estate of American painter Darragh Park. The paintings, which date from the 1970s, '80s and early '90s, depict various New York City neighborhoods, portraits of writers and pastoral scenes that are representative...

On view February 26 through May 5, 2012

The unique collage-work, witty wordplay and educational rhymes of this award-winning children’s book author have inspired and entertained countless children. This exhibit features original art work and poetry from the illustrator and author's career as well as insight into his artistic process. Featuring original artwork...

Emily Dickinson Original Manuscripts on Display at Poets House

On view October 20, 2011 through February 18, 2012

Poets House celebrates the life and work of iconic poet Emily Dickinson in a groundbreaking exhibition of original manuscripts, rare books and even a recipe from the Donald & Patricia Oresman Collection. Most of the pieces are on view for the first time to the public. The Donald & Patricia Oresman Collection is one of the larger...

New Directions Publishing Logo

On view July 21 through October 8, 2011

Poets House is delighted to honor New Directions – one of the most innovative publishers in the United States – on the occasion of its 75th anniversary with a special exhibition of art, books, letters and ephemera.

Founded by James Laughlin in 1936...

Alberto de Lacerda

On view April 6 through June 18, 2011

This exhibition unveils treasures from the archive of Alberto de Lacerda (1928–2007), one of Portugal's most admired poets, who spent the majority of his adult life in England and the United States. On display are the fruits of his...

Charles Olson photograph

On view December 7, 2010 through March 23, 2011

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Charles Olson’s birth, Poets House presents a selection of books by and about Olson, along with Charles Alexander’s set of ten broadsides entitled “Charles Olson: Language...

 the fall, 1977 lithograph for a poem by Michael Anania

On view June 28 through Saturday, October 9, 2010

Creating art in response to poetry since the 1960s, Ed Colker has "produced pure expressions, stirring symbols of inner truths or imaginings that can sometimes be inspired by or incite poetry...

On view June 28 through October 9, 2010

The paintings of James Walton Fox find inspiration in the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, Rumi, A.R. Ammons and others, combining lines of poetry with the gesture of handwriting, saturated colors and dynamic compositions. His work "treats the concrete reality of language as place...

On View March 20 through June 19, 2010

This series of paintings by British-born poet and painter Basil King depicts the Green Man, the pre- Christian archetypal figure of creation and the earth, emerging in the guise of British historical figures, such as Guy Fawkes and Walter Raleigh.

Part of Ecopoetic Futures, a series of events that examine poetry and the environment. Programs in this...

Bird of Imagining

On view March 20 through June 19, 2010

For all ages, this exhibition documents the creation of poetic spaces by a public-school community in response to images of landscape and shared journeys: a bird, a tree, a labyrinth.

Part of Ecopoetic Futures, a series of events that examine poetry and the environment....

On view February 13 through March 13, 2010

This intimate exhibition of love poetry is drawn from The Reed Foundation Library at Poets House.

On view December 2, 2009 through January 30, 2010

This intimate exhibition features beautiful, illustrated chapbooks of Frost's poetry published by Spiral Press and sent out as holiday greetings by the revered poet as well as by his publishers, collectors and friends.

Master printer Joseph Blumenthal of Spiral Press printed...

On view May 12 through June 24, 2006

Like ancient civilizations slumbering beneath cities of glass and steel, classical poetries are buried deep in Highland’s visual texts on large canvases, which explore the modern experience of language.

August Highland is an experimental writer and visual artist...

Detail from "Standing Up, Down" by Jane Greer

On view March 24 through May 6, 2006
Jane Greer's Standing Up, Down fills Poets House with cut-paper evocations of creatures great and small, while Brian Getnick presents Curtains! Curtains! a sculpture and...

Detail from "Merbomb in a Cage" by Dwight Ripley

On view February 9 through March 18, 2006

A rare glimpse into the archives of Dwight Ripley, little-known figure behind the pivotal Tibor de Nagy Gallery.

Showplace for New York School painters, the gallery also published a series...

Poets of the Non-Existent City book cover

On View November 4 through December 10, 2005

An exhibition of archival material relating to The California Quarterly and Coastlines, the leading literary publications of 1950s Los Angeles, representing more than a decade of poetry and graphic arts in the city during the anti-Communist investigations of Senator...

“Beatrice” from Dante's Purgatorio

On view September 9 through October 29, 2005
The first New York presentation of 20 exquisite monoprints illustrating scenes from Dante’s Purgatorio by the renowned artist Milton Glaser.

Milton Glaser is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. He co-founded the...

The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden book cover

Exhibition on view May 6 through June 25, 2005
This exhibition features color photographs of Stanley Kunitz's Provincetown garden by ...

Collage by Star Black

On view March 11 through April 29, 2005

These works on paper bring together text and image in what Black describes as “visual pages,” which, like linguistic acts of creation, are “brief and bounded by space.”

Poet and photographer Star Black is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Ghostwood. Her photographs are in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library...

On view January 7 through February 25, 2005

The exhibit “Walking, Poems & Buildings” features poems and architectural models of a bus shelter, a “writer’s hut” and a nature observation center created collaboratively by students of poet Annie Finch and architect Ben Jacks at Miami University. This show...

On view October 8 through November 22, 2004

Please join us for an exceptional exhibit of images culled from the Oresman collection. Rodney Phillips curates a selection of over thirty works of art, from Magritte to Brainard, Diebenkorn to Warhol, representing wildly different styles and mediums but collectively focused around the theme of people reading. “I think there is an intensity to reading that captures artists’ imaginations,” Donald Oresman says, “because it has a...

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