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Members Exhibition Tour: War Memoranda

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

10:30am - 11:00am

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Join Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable, deputy director of exhibitions and education, in the galleries for an exclusive members-only tour of the pop-up exhibition, War Memoranda, on Wednesday, June 19.

About this exhibition: 

War Memoranda is a pop-up exhibition that probes the question, “How do Americans remember war?” with soldiers’ portraits developed in the flesh of leaves, battlefield landscapes photographed using nineteenth-century technologies, and war poems of intimate reflection.

“The real war will never get in the books,” Whitman declared, citing the “interior history” of “the actual soldier of 1862-’65, North and South, with all his ways.”

Taking on this challenge, photographer Binh Danh and author Robert Schultz have drawn upon Whitman’s poetry and prose and upon the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War portraits held in the Library of Congress. Merging past and present, War Memoranda evokes the secret, “interior history” of war.

The Taubman Museum of Art along with Danh and Schultz are publishing the new book, War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Memorials, with a publication date in May 2019 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman's birth.

Due to capacity restrictions, pre-registration for this tour is required. 

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Above image: Binh Danh (United States, born Vietnam 1977): Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Salem, VA, 2011; cyanotype photography, 12 x 20 in. Courtesy of the Artist. © Binh Danh 2011

Binh Danh and Robert Schultz, Walt Whitman, wartime (detail), 2013, Chlorophyll print and resin, 14.5" x 11.5", Photograph by Matthew Brady or Alexander Gardner, 1861-1863