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Ode to Walt Whitman
Bart Buch, Whitman Electric and Intermedia Arts present

Created and Curated by Bart Buch
Music Composed and Performed by Martin Dosh

Ode to Walt Whitman, a tender, silent puppet-poem uncovers a dialogue between two queer poets, Walt Whitman and Federico Garcia Lorca, using several types of puppets, a projected online chat room, and live music by Martin Dosh. The poetic dialogue contrasts Whitman’s America - a nation full of lovers and comrades - with what Garcia Lorca sees: an America inundated with machines and tears. Ode to Walt Whitman joins their conversation, exploring and updating their dialogue by extending the metaphors of Garcia Lorca and Whitman into the postmodern queer world for a reflection on identity, intimacy and community.
By the time it's over, a fully realized vision has emerged that combines poetic sadness with a cosmic smile that old corduroy-clad Walt surely would have endorsed.”– Quinton Skinner, City Pages.
The Whitman Electric Visual Art Exhibition features artists’ reflections on how we connect as queer people through identity, intimacy and community, highlighting various queer resource groups and their connective work.

Ode to Walt Whitman | Featuring performances by Bart Buch, Ramon Cordes, Martin Dosh, Seth Eberle, and Theo Goodell. Lighting design by George Meyer
Whitman Electric Visual Art Exhibition | Featuring work by Nicole Amaris and Megan Longo, Eric Avery, Jeff and Tim Cronin-Hnilika, Hannah Quinn Rivenburgh, and Emily Zimmer


November 5 | Thursday
Grab some snacks and chat with the artists following Opening Night

November 6 | Friday
Want to dig deeper into the show? Stick around after the performance for a Q&A with the artists.


Bart Buch has been creating, directing, designing performing and teaching puppetry for 20 years. He focuses on interpreting poetry into puppetry arts performances (called puppet poems) and seeks to convey poetry through evocative puppet movement, visual imagery, few spoken words, and an enveloping musical language. He has presented several independent puppet shows working with the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, Wendell Berry, Dar Williams, Rumi and others, as well as his own poetry. Bart recently presented his puppet poem Mortal City, inspired by a song of the same title by Dar Williams, at the International Puppet Festival in Chicago last January. He is a Staff Artist and Education Director at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

A Part of Intermedia Arts' Catalyst Series