Ferlinghetti Exhibit

Elizabethtown College is showcasing the works of American cultural icon Lawrence Ferlinghetti from October 20th to November 18th.

His artwork is on display in Lyet Gallery, while his poems are available in the Bowers Writers House. The display includes more than 20 art works ranging from 1954 – 2011 and is curated by Professor Jesse Waters, Professor Milt Friedly and George Krevsky, ’62.

Milton Friedly, Director of Hess and Lyet Galleries speaks about the legacy of Ferlinghetti:

“I think one of the biggest influences is that he wrote poetry that was understandable, for one thing.

It was very direct so that anyone could pick it up. You didn’t have to be a scholar, you didn’t have to know a lot about poetry or writing, but you could pick it up and relate to it. And it was about American culture, but the work was very universal.”

The college even hosted a film showing in Steinmann Hall of the documentary “Lawrence Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder” by filmmaker and Ferlinghetti’s longtime friend Christopher Felver.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (on the phone): “He’s been working on that film for many, many years.”

Anyone interested in more fine arts can check the Bowers Writers House for upcoming events.

In Elizabethtown, Michael Wong, wetown.org




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