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Meet the Artist: Robert Schultz | War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Memorials

Saturday, March 23, 2019

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Join us for a special afternoon with artist, writer and Roanoke College Professor Robert Schultz, whose work will be on view in the pop-up exhibition, War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Memorials

Schultz will read selections from the beloved American poet Walt Whitman in addition to pieces featured in his soon-to-be-published new book of the same title, War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Memorials

Both the book and pop-up exhibition focus on the U.S. Civil War in a new and revealing light. Images of soldiers, mourning loved ones, battlefields and cemeteries are juxtaposed with the prose, poetry and witness testimonials of Walt Whitman. The intimacy of war--all of those involved, touched, or lost by it--is explored with nuance and empathy. Schultz and co-collaborator Binh Danh provide an in-depth look at the bond shared through the trials of war, whether Northern, Southern, black or white--all were affected and changed by it regardless of affiliation, belief or outcome. 

Both the pop-up exhibition and book grew out of Schultz's, Danh's and the Museum's first collaborative endeavor, the exhibition War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman and Renewal, which debuted at the Museum in 2015 and now travels the country for display at other museums. 

The talk and reading are free and open to the public. 

War Memoranda represents the Taubman's first book publishing venture with Schultz and Danh, bringing Walt Whitman's humane wartime perspective to our own troubled moment. It also offers us an opportunity to celebrate America's great poet on the 200th anniversary of his birth, May 31, 1819.

We are seeking the public's support to publish the book through our very first Kickstarter campaign. You can get a sneak peek at War Memoranda, view the beautiful artworks created by Schultz and Danh for the book, and learn more about how you can get our own copy by clicking here