Keith Carter: Seek & Find is the artist’s first exhibition in Philadelphia and the premiere of his latest series “Walt Whitman: ‘Beautiful Imperfect Things’”. A nationally-recognized artist and teacher with an extraordinary roster of achievements, Carter embarked on this project while in North Carolina on a Cassilhaus Residency in 2018. The Duke University collection provided him access to the most intimate materials from the celebrated American writer’s life, including a well-preserved lock of the author’s hair. From Whitman’s personal correspondence with his mother to drafts of his magnum opus Leaves of Grass, Carter’s photographs explore the many sides of Whitman’s complex character. The exhibition and its public programs enrich the legacy of Whitman at the bicentennial of his birth as well as critically examine his ideas in light of current events.
The timing of Keith Carter: Seek & Find could not be better, as we look back on the life and work of Whitman two centuries after his birth. Carter’s insightful photographs have given us the occasion to partner with the Whitman at 200 initiative, organized by our colleagues Lynne Farrington and Judith Tannenbaum through the University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ Kislak Center. The Print Center hopes that Carter’s intimate images of Whitman’s archive will contribute to the appreciation of the author’s contributions by opening up larger discussions of topics such as race, sexuality and class that remain critical to our society today. - Ksenia Nouril, The Print Center
Keith Carter is a distinguished artist, author and educator. He is the Endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. A recipient of the prestigious Texas Medal of Arts, his other awards include the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Regent's Professor Award from the Texas State University System. His photographs have been in over 100 solo exhibitions in thirteen countries. He is the author of twelve books. Carter's work is included in many private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; George Eastman House, Rochester; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, San Marcos; National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, both Washington DC.
This series includes multiple special events. Make sure to check out the corresponding events on September 12, October 2, October 3, November 2 and November 16
Exhibition is free and open to the public:
Hours: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM ♦ Tuesday - Saturday
Image: Keith Carter. Song of Myself, 2018-2019, from the series “Walt Whitman: ‘Beautiful Imperfect things.’” Courtesy of the Artist.