Traveling Exhibitions

War Memoranda

Monday, May 15, 2017

War Memoranda 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. And, in a final turn, the collaborators present memorials to their own wars—in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan—applying nineteenth-century techniques and media. Merging past and present, War Memoranda evokes the secret, “interior history” of war.

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Approximately 50 chlorophyll prints, 15 cyanotypes, 35 daguerreotypes, 8 poetry broadsides and artist's books

Gallery Space:

  • 176 linear wall M.,
  • 2,500 square M., subject to layout
  • Customization available on request

Rental Fee:


*Rental Fee includes artists travel, talk and a workshop

Shipping Costs:

Exhibiting venue to pay pro-rated, one-way shipping costs


To be carried by venue

Courier Expenses:

Exhibiting venue pays courier transportation, lodging and per diem

Supporting Materials:

  • Electronic files of educational materials, labels, didactic, and gallery guide


8 week rental, November 2016 - November 2020

Past Exhibitions:

Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, August 20, 2016 - October 16, 2016

Note About the Companion Book:

The Library of Congress Publishing Office currently is working with the artists to produce a large-format companion volume, War Memoranda, that will include full-color art reproductions, artist’s statements, an introduction by Whitman scholar Ed Folsom, and original essays by poets and scholars Barbara Bair, Magdelyn Helwig, David Lehman, Stanley Plumly and Molly Rogers. Five copies will be provided, with the option to acquire additional copies at 40% discount.


Above Image: War Memoranda exhibition, Taubman Museum of Art, Photo courtesy of Jeff Hofmann

(Left to right, top to bottom)

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

Binh Danh, U.S. Soldier (Green Man) (detail), 2008, Chlorophyll print and resin, 15" x 12.25", Courtesy of the Artist

Binh Danh, Harold James Warmsley, 24 years old (detail), 2008 Chlorophyll print on grass & resin, 18.5” x 15.5”, Image from “One Week’s Dead,” Life Magazine, 1969

Binh Danh & Robert Schultz, Girl in mourning, with photograph, 2012 Chlorophyll print and resin 19.5" x 16", Image from the Liljenquist Family Collection, Library of Congress

Binh Danh, James Troy Ralph, 21 years old (detail), 2008 Chlorophyll print on grass & resin, 18.5” x 15.5”, Image from “One Week’s Dead,” Life Magazine, 1969

Binh Danh & Robert Schultz, Unidentified African-American boy and flag, 2012, Chlorophyll print and resin, 14.5" x 11.5", Image from the Liljenquist Family Collection, Library of Congress