Jonathan Williams: A Palpable Elysium

MAY 24 – JULY 21, 2012


Institute 193 is pleased to present ‘A Palpable Elysium,’ an exhibition of photographs by the late poet, publisher, and photographer Jonathan Williams.

The exhibition will feature images from A Palpable Elysium, a book published in 2002 that includes over 60 photographs of the great artists and writers that Williams sought out over the course of his lifetime—some famous, some obscure. For years, Williams presented these photographs as a slide show, 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 will emphasize figures with deep cultural ties to Kentucky, such as Thomas Merton, Wendell Berry, John Jacob Niles, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Guy Davenport, and Guy Mendes.

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.

‘A Palpable Elysium’ will be on view at Institute 193, 193 N. Limestone St., Lexington, KY through July 21. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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