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As part of a citywide initiative to celebrate the bicentenary of the poet Walt Whitman, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts organized an exhibitionWalt Whitman 200".

Combining Whitman’s imaginative works with a mixture of historical and contemporary works from the Academy’s permanent collection, the Youth Council seeks to demonstrate a number of nuances of artistic interpretations of identity, while at the same time calling into question Whitman’s connections with race, sexuality and nationalism.

The works of canonical American artists Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyatt, along with freshly relevant works by Christina Remberg, Jonathan Lyndon Chase and Mark T. Stockton, glorify Whitman’s legacy and at the same time challenge its value system. Through the repetition of masks and individual figures of visitors cause a reflection on their own life experiences, as well as our common personalities.