Film Screening of "Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World"

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

See Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World, an in-depth examination of the life and work of one of America’s greatest female poets. Writer and Dickinson scholar Jerome Charyn will introduce the film (which is narrated by Cynthia Nixon) and afterward lead a Q&A with producer Sol Papadopoulos, who also produced the new feature film “A Quiet Passion” starring Cynthia Nixon as Dickinson. (2017; 80 m) The film premiered at the Morgan Library & Museum in May 2017. This screening is in conjunction with the Great Hall exhibit described below. Learn more about Emily Dickinson.


Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

Westport photographer/graphic artist and the Library's Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs pairs his signature, "animated" lenticular imagery with the visual poetry of American Sign Language (ASL) to express a poem about compassion by Emily Dickinson. Entitled "Signs of Compassion," the exhibit features 30 Westporters signing segments of the short poem, written around 1864, that begins "If I can stop one heart from breaking." With the exception of Noah Steinman, who's a fluent signer and helped Burroughs pose each person's hands as closely as possible to the actual ASL signs, the people in the images are neither deaf nor fluent signers. Rather they volunteered to help Burroughs introduce this simple but powerful poem to both the hearing and hearing-impaired communities in a purely visual way.

Learn more about American Sign Language.

On display through August 31

Artist reception: Friday, May 26 from 6-7:30 pm in the Great Hall

Wednesday, June 14 at 6 pm: Artist-to-Artist TalkMiggs Burroughs discusses his work with Westport artist Katherine Ross. An opening reception for the artist will be held in The Great Hall on Friday, May 26, from 6-7:30 pm. And on Wednesday, June 14, from 6-7 pm, the Library will continue its Artist-to-Artist series in The Great Hall, with Burroughs changing seats this time from doing the interviewing to being interviewed by fellow Westport artist Katherine Ross.

Closing reception: Monday, August 21 from 6-8 pm

A lifelong resident of Westport and a full-time graphic artist since 1972, Burroughs has designed hundreds of logos, ads, brochures and now websites for commercial and nonprofit clients throughout Fairfield County. Among his most notable projects have been designing the Westport Town Flag, an Easter Egg for Reagan's White House (which is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution), a U.S. Postage Stamp, four covers for TIME Magazine and, more recently, Tunnel Vision on Main Street. As a member of the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan and of the Westport Arts Center, he has won much acclaim for his cutting-edge lenticular imagery and is one of only about a dozen artists in the country working in this medium.
A 1967 graduate of the Carnegie Tech drama department in Pittsburgh (now Carnegie Mellon University), Burroughs says that his short-lived career in theater "began and ended with an audition for The Graduate, when an actor of questionable talent, named Dustin Hoffman, got the part of Benjamin."

Dan Woog's O6889: "Miggs Burroughs’ Signs Of Compassion"

Migg's presentation at the CT State Capitol for Arts Day, speaking about the background and preparation of this exhibit

July 2016 Westport News article on Miggs

Dan Woog 06880 article on Miggs as Artist-in-Residence

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