Academy Art Museum Hosts Student Poetry Night Based on Kertész Exhibition

On Friday, January 13, 2012, at 6 p.m., the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, is hosting a Student Poetry Night. Several local fourth grade students, inspired by the Museum’s Kertész: On Reading exhibition, will read their poems at the event. The students’ descriptive poetry is based on the photos included in the exhibition, which offer glimpses of public and also private moments at home, examining the power of reading as a universal pleasure.

According to Constance Del Nero, ArtREACH Coordinator at the Museum, “Students looked closely at the photographs and brainstormed words to describe them. We worked together as a group on a couple of photos and then students worked in pairs. We talked about things like rhythm, line breaks, and choosing vivid words. Many students came up with fun and interesting poems.”

The Poetry Night also provides a chance for the public to view the Kertész exhibition for the last time. The event is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

André Kertész: On Reading is a series of photographs made by legendary Hungarian photographer André Kertész (1894–1985) in Hungary, France, and the United States over a 50-year period. The exhibition is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois. The exhibition tour is organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions. Exhibition Sponsors include the Maryland State Arts Council and the Talbot County Arts Council.

For further information, visit or call 410-822-2787.

In photo: Pictured are local fourth graders who wrote poetry for the upcoming Academy Art Museum Poetry Night on January 13, 2012 at 6 p.m. based on the Museum’s Kertész: On Reading exhibition currently on display.