Art’s Hall of Mirrors: How Poems Succeed in Making Paintings and Sculptures Speak in English

January 10 – March 13

The ability that paintings, like music, have to leave you speechless is surely the whole point: art needs no words to fire the mind, quicken the body and touch the heart. And then we say of a painting that it really speaks to us. No wonder poets want to speak back, make art’s hidden voice visible in words, translate a picture so that we can hear it in our human language. Art’s Hall of Mirrors lines up images of great and even famous art to face the best ekphrastic poems as poets word them.