Whitman at 200

WhitmanEffect

 
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The Whitman Effect

On the occasion of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday in 2019, Whitman at 200 hopes to catalog the good gray poet’s lasting effect on us all. To date, hundreds of creatives have joined together to share their interpretation of Whitman’s effect on them and their communities. Now we want YOU to tell us how America’s “poet of democracy” has influenced you.

Ways to contribute:

1) Share your Whitman-inspired artwork with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TheWhitmanEffect, and tag us at @whitat200. You can also send your artwork to devinnem@upenn.edu.

2) Answer any or all of the following questions in any medium that you choose, and share with us on social media using the hashtag #TheWhitmanEffect, and tag us at @whitat200.

  1. When did you first learn about Walt Whitman?

  2. How has he affected you or your work?

  3. How has your relationship with Whitman changed over time?

We will continue to review this hashtag throughout 2019 and share some of our favorite responses on this page.

 
Lilly Zuckerman,  Is, Was, and the In Between,  porcelain, 2017. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Lilly Zuckerman, Is, Was, and the In Between, porcelain, 2017. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Jennifer Kaplan,  Water on Mondays,  umbrella, soil, plants, 2019. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Jennifer Kaplan, Water on Mondays, umbrella, soil, plants, 2019. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Marcus Branch,  Danny , digital photograph. Courtesy of Da Vinci Art Alliance

Marcus Branch, Danny, digital photograph. Courtesy of Da Vinci Art Alliance

©Zen Violence Films, H. Paul Moon

Silvère Boureau,  Young Growth , acrylic. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Silvère Boureau, Young Growth, acrylic. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

N. Dia Webb,  Finding God , ceramic, resin, plastic, 2019. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

N. Dia Webb, Finding God, ceramic, resin, plastic, 2019. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Liisa Nelson,  How I Carried All of My Regrets , ceramic, 2018. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Liisa Nelson, How I Carried All of My Regrets, ceramic, 2018. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Ann Hartzell,  Unsolved is Unjust! ,   mixed Media, acrylics, decoupage. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Ann Hartzell, Unsolved is Unjust!, mixed Media, acrylics, decoupage. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Left: Mario Nascati,  Untitled , digital photograph; Right: Nanci Hellmuth,  Like it is , digital photograph. Courtesy of Da Vinci Art Alliance

Left: Mario Nascati, Untitled, digital photograph; Right: Nanci Hellmuth, Like it is, digital photograph. Courtesy of Da Vinci Art Alliance

Karen Hunter McLaughlin,  Hunter Ghosts: Feminine Tree 1865, r ust, craborundum, mono print and chine collé on paper. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Karen Hunter McLaughlin, Hunter Ghosts: Feminine Tree 1865, rust, craborundum, mono print and chine collé on paper. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

K McQuain,  Faun in a field of flowers,  watercolor and ink. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

K McQuain, Faun in a field of flowers, watercolor and ink. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Keisha Whatley,  Queen Culture Portrait , oil on canvas. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Keisha Whatley, Queen Culture Portrait, oil on canvas. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Uta Fellechner,  Her Hand and Mine , archival photograph. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Uta Fellechner, Her Hand and Mine, archival photograph. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Grace Tessein,  You , earthenware, porcelain, unfired porcelain clay mixed with the artist's partner's hair, 2018. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Grace Tessein, You, earthenware, porcelain, unfired porcelain clay mixed with the artist's partner's hair, 2018. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Mindy Flexer,  Spiral Blue 2 , oil paint on linen mounted on panel. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Mindy Flexer, Spiral Blue 2, oil paint on linen mounted on panel. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Barbara Henry,  Walt Whitman’s Faces,  linocut,   2012

Barbara Henry, Walt Whitman’s Faces, linocut, 2012

Jeleata Nicole,  3 Generations of the Kings,  oil painting. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Jeleata Nicole, 3 Generations of the Kings, oil painting. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Katie Sleyman,  Perfect Posture , porcelain, piano wire, kanthal wire, shrink tube, 2018. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Katie Sleyman, Perfect Posture, porcelain, piano wire, kanthal wire, shrink tube, 2018. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Dan Miller,  Walt Whitman , three-color woodcut on laid rice paper, 1981. Courtesy of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Dan Miller, Walt Whitman, three-color woodcut on laid rice paper, 1981. Courtesy of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

©Zen Violence Films, H. Paul Moon

Allen Crawford, page from  Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself , 2014

Allen Crawford, page from Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself, 2014

Mark Stockton,  The Poet in His Bedroom of Walt Whitman in repose amongst a chaos of papers,  graphite drawing, 2019. Courtesy of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Mark Stockton, The Poet in His Bedroom of Walt Whitman in repose amongst a chaos of papers, graphite drawing, 2019. Courtesy of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Andrea Walls,  Lit , photography/digital inkjet print. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Andrea Walls, Lit, photography/digital inkjet print. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Constance Culpepper,  American Flag , oil on canvas. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Constance Culpepper, American Flag, oil on canvas. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Elizabeth Guignino,  Curious , clay and wood, 2019. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Elizabeth Guignino, Curious, clay and wood, 2019. Courtesy of The Clay Studio

Allen Crawford, page from  Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself , 2014

Allen Crawford, page from Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself, 2014

Thomas Eakins,  Walt Whitman , oil on canvas, 1887-88. Courtesy of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Thomas Eakins, Walt Whitman, oil on canvas, 1887-88. Courtesy of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Tim Barton,  Recycled , found object assemblage. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Tim Barton, Recycled, found object assemblage. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

©Zen Violence Films, H. Paul Moon

Gary Grissom,  Piggyback Riders, Mural, Chants Democratic,  archival pigment print. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Gary Grissom, Piggyback Riders, Mural, Chants Democratic, archival pigment print. Courtesy of City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy