Dylan Thomas in America—A Centennial Exhibition

On February 23, 1950, Dylan Thomas took the stage of 92Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall for his first reading in America. Three years later we premiered his famous play for voices, Under Milk Wood. In between, it was then-Poetry Center director John Malcolm Brinnin who organized the reading tours that made the poet’s name in this country.

Celebrating the centenary of Thomas’s birth, Dylan Thomas in America gathers photos, letters, postcards, manuscripts and drawings from archives around the world to chronicle the great Welsh poet’s legendary trips to the United States between 1950 and his tragic death in 1953. A collaboration with Duggal Visual Solutions, this exhibition is made possible by a generous gift from the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, as well as support from the British Council and Welsh government. Dylan Thomas in America was on view in the 92Y Weill Art Gallery from Oct 26 - Dec 3, 2014. To learn much more about Dylan Thomas’s life and work, check out Discover Dylan Thomas.