Melville: Finding America at Sea | Newberry

Melville: Finding America at Sea

Illustration from Matt Kish, Extracts, c. 2015.

Illustration from Matt Kish, Extracts, c. 2015.


The Life, Writings, and Influence of Herman Melville, Author of Moby-Dick
Friday, January 18, 2019Saturday, April 6, 2019

Roger J. Trienens Galleries

Free and open to the public
Open to the Public

Plan your visit to the Newberry to see the exhibition.

For the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth, this exhibition will highlight the many facets of his work, illustrating how he has been perceived and repurposed over the past 200 years.

Drawing on the Newberry’s huge collection of Melville’s works, gathered during the work of editing the definitive 15-volume Northwestern-Newberry Edition of The Writings of Herman Melville, the exhibition will invite viewers to explore Melville’s interests in democracy, spirituality, Indigeneity, morality, sexuality, labor, nature, and human consciousness. It will contextualize his works as the product of a period of spectacular growth, rapid change, horrifying trauma, and grave injustice in the United States, and also demonstrate the ways his work continues to resonate for artists and writers today.

Melville: Finding America at Sea is curated by Will Hansen, the Newberry’s Curator of Americana, and is sponsored by Elizabeth Amy Liebman and The Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation.

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Free and open to the public.