Melville: Finding America at Sea | Newberry

Melville: Finding America at Sea

The Life, Writings, and Influence of Herman Melville, Author of Moby-Dick
Friday, January 18, 2019Saturday, April 6, 2019

Roger J. Trienens Galleries

Free and open to the public
Open to the Public

View the checklist of items that were on display during this exhibition.

For the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth, this exhibition will highlight the many facets of his work, illustrating how he has been perceived and repurposed over the past 200 years.

Drawing on the Newberry’s huge collection of Melville’s works, gathered during the work of editing the definitive 15-volume Northwestern-Newberry Edition of The Writings of Herman Melville, the exhibition will invite viewers to explore Melville’s interests in democracy, spirituality, Indigeneity, morality, sexuality, labor, nature, and human consciousness. It will contextualize his works as the product of a period of spectacular growth, rapid change, horrifying trauma, and grave injustice in the United States, and also demonstrate the ways his work continues to resonate for artists and writers today.

Melville: Finding America at Sea is curated by Will Hansen, the Newberry’s Curator of Americana, and is sponsored by Elizabeth Amy Liebman and The Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation.

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The Newberry is offering docent-led tours of the exhibition every Saturday at 2 pm. These tours are free to attend, and no reservations are required.

Private tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more, during exhibition hours, based on staff and docent availability. Please schedule a private tour at least two weeks in advance; contact Rebecca Haynes, Manager of Volunteers, at or (312) 255-3526.

Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public.