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Jonathan Williams: A Palpable Elysium
May 24 – July 21, 2012
A Palpable Elysium features portraits of the great artists and writers the late poet, publisher, and photographer Jonathan Williams sought out over the course of his lifetime—some of them famous, some of them obscure. For years, Williams presented these photographs as a slideshow, delivering presentations in hundreds of venues in the United States and Great Britain.
Williams’ evocative, unpretentious portraits document some of the most extraordinary personalities of the 20th century. Institute 193’s exhibition emphasizes figures with deep cultural ties to Kentucky, such as Thomas Merton, Wendell Berry, John Jacob Niles, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Guy Davenport.
John Jacob Niles
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
About the Artist:
Born in 1929, Williams studied at Princeton and at the short-lived but culturally significant Black Mountain College in North Carolina. He founded The Jargon Society, an independent press with a reputation for publishing cutting-edge poetry and literature and shining a spotlight on the margins of American society.