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

Supporting Materials:

  • Electronic files of educational materials, wall labels, didactic, and gallery guide
  • The artist will conduct a joint -60 minute presentation with slides as well as a Behind the Scenes Process demonstration for up to *thirty participants
  • Companion book War Memoranda available to accompany the exhibit published by the
    Taubman Museum of Art. Complimentary copies will be given for planning purposes and as a
    gallery companion

* Subject to facilities, technology and capacity


Twelve week rental, November 2016 - December 2021

Past Exhibitions:

  • Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, August 20, 2016 - October 16, 2016
  • Phillips Art Museum, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, September 4, 2018 - December 9, 2018

Note About the Companion Book:

The Taubman Museum of Art has just partnered again 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