New Field Museum Exhibit Features Poems Inspired by Museum Attractions for National Poetry Month

CHICAGO — The Field Museum’s new exhibit is for poetry lovers — and comes just in time for National Poetry Month.

The exhibit, titled “Poems by Eric Elshtain,” opened last week and features nine graphic panels of poetry by Eric Elshtain, the museum’s poet-in-residence since 2017. It features poems in English and Spanish on signs near museum attractions that inspired them, according to a press release. The exhibition will continue until April 2023.

Museum favorites — including SUE the T. rex, Maximo the Titanosaur, and a model coelacanth — have poems honoring them.

The exhibit also features poetry installations near the meteorite exhibit; near a duck-billed dinosaur; to the model of Lucy, a 3.2 million year old hominid; and in “Evolving Planet”; among other spots.

Pop-up events with Elshtain will take place on Thursdays. Attendance is included with general admission tickets.

Guests can read and compose poems in the Mammal of Asia dioramas, where Elshtain is located, from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday. Guests can also invent their own animals using poetry with Elshtain from 10 a.m. to noon on April 28.

Guests interested in the exhibit can also see Elshtain around the museum with his typewriter, performing exhibits and exhibits.

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