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Whitman, Alabama

A Documentary Project by Jennifer Crandall
Stephen Kustra Project Space, Blue Galleries at Boise State University
September 7th – October 27th, 2021   Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm
Whitman, Alabama is an Emmy-nominated documentary project by filmmaker/journalist/artist Jennifer Chang Crandall currently on view at the Blue Galleries, located on the first floor of the Center for the Visual Arts at Boise State University. Crandall traveled around the state of Alabama for two years inviting people to recite “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman. What you hear is not just the words of the 19th century poet but voices of Alabama speaking about themselves and about America past and present.

“This is an experiment in using documentary and poetry to reveal the threads that tie us together—as people, as states, and as a nation. For two years, filmmaker Jennifer Crandall has crisscrossed this deep Southern state, inviting people to look into a camera and share a part of themselves through the words of Walt Whitman. The 19th century poet’s “Song of Myself” is a quintessential reflection of our American identities.”

Visiting Artist Talk: A Conversation with Jennifer Chang Crandall
Thursday, October 14th, 2021 6:30pm
Center for the Visual Arts (CVA), Room 439 at Boise State University

The Blue Galleries welcomes visiting artist Jennifer Chang Crandall to Boise State University. Crandall’s work crosses the disciplines of filmmaking, journalism, and art and her documentary project, Whitman, Alabama is currently showing in the Blue Galleries through October 27th, 2021. She will be in conversation with Gallery Director, Kirsten Furlong for this free event and seating is limited.

Many thanks to the Boise State University School of the Arts and the Idaho Film Collection at Boise State University for supporting the presentation of this work and visiting artist Jennifer Crandall.

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Parking for visiting the Blue Galleries or attending the visiting artist talk is available at the Brady Garage on the corner of University Drive and Earle Street. The Center for the Visual Arts address is 1110 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83706 (Campus parking map)

For more information, please contact Blue Galleries Director Kirsten Furlong at

Whitman, Alabama website:

Whitman, Alabama a documentary project by Jennifer Crandall (image courtesy of Jennifer Crandall)