Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Opening: ",my Verse is alive': An Exhibition Presenting the Curious Journey of Emily Dickinson's Poetry," 15 September
On 15 September, the Emily Dickinson Museum opened its BookMarks exhibition, on the book-historical aspects of Dickinson's poetry. Karen Dandurand (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) delivered a talk on the publication of the few poems that appeared in print during Dickinson's lifetime, "Re-envisioning Dickinson's 19th Century Audience."
The Dickinson Museum programming is known for its accessible yet learned lectures by leading scholars. What marked a departure this time was the launching of a full-fledged exhibition, which was a bold move in more ways than one, e.g. given that the Museum has no permanent display space.
The solution arrived at by the directors and exhibit designer Michael Hanke is strikingly efficient and elegant and suggests just what the Museum could do if and when it acquires the resources and formal exhibition facilities that it deserves.
More to come in these pages concerning the exhibition.