Pioneers of Poetry & Paint, Pollock, Krasner, and Whitman: Virtual Tours and Poetry Writing

This special live virtual event takes Zoom visitors on a tour through the homes of Long Island’s world famous creative pioneers, poet Walt Whitman and painters Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. Virtual doors open to the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton and then to the Walt Whitman Birthplace Museum in South Huntington. Your tour guides will discuss innovative approaches to creativity, such as tapping into one’s stream-of-consciousness for inspiration and exploring abstraction, physicality, rhythm, metaphor, and free verse. Following the virtual tours, participants will be prompted to write Whitmanesque free verse poetry inspired by Pollock’s painting. Have a pen and paper ready!

Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center Tour with Education Coordinator, Joyce Raimondo 

Education Coordinator, Joyce Raimondo will virtually guide visitors through Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner’s home and studio, a national landmark.  Discover creative ways Pollock and Krasner expressed their feelings with paint. Discuss the art displayed in their home, and explore the barn studio filled with paint splatters—evidence of their masterpieces.

Pollock is best known for applying house paint from sticks onto canvases placed on the floor of his barn studio. He walked around all four sides of the paintings as he created imagery that captures movement and energy. Krasner, also an abstract painter, is known for her innovative technique of cutting up earlier work to create new painting and collages.

Walt Whitman Birthplace Museum Tour with Docent Guide Supervisor Iris Jumper 

Docent Iris Jumper will lead the tour through the grounds of Walt Whitman Birthplace. Walt Whitman was born, the second of nine children, in Huntington, Long Island, New York, on May 31, 1819. Walt Whitman Birthplace, a State Historic Site listed on the National Register of Historic Places, still stands and welcomes visitors for tours. The farmhouse was constructed by the poet’s father Walter Whitman Sr., a house builder, upon his marriage to Louisa Van Velsor in 1810. In 1949, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) was established to preserve and promote the poet’s legacy with educational programs about his life and work, celebrating inclusivity, and inspiring creativity.

The verse collection Leaves of Grass is Walt Whitman’s best-known work. He revised and added to the collection throughout his life, producing ultimately nine editions. The poems were written in a new innovative form of free verse. His poetry celebrated Civil War soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln, democracy, nature, love, and friendship. With well-known and beloved poems such as “O Captain! My Captain!”, he is America’s most celebrated and influential poet.

WWBA 2020 Long Island Poet of the Year Christina M. Rau 

Christina M. Rau, current Poet In Residence for Oceanside Library and Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s 2020 Long Island Poet of the Year, will discuss how to approach writing poetry about visual art and guide participants in writing their own poem about a Pollock painting. Rau is a published poet who runs community workshops and teaches English at Nassau Community College where she also served as Editor for The Nassau Review.